Remapping European Media Cultures during the Cold War: Networks, Encounters, Exchanges
A symposium at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, March 30 - April 1, 2017
Anikó Imre (University of Southern California)
Katie Trumpener (Yale University)
Recent research on Cold War Europe has sketched the image of a deeply interconnected continent, with cultural exchanges, travel and tourism, scientific collaborations and the like creating dense networks between countries on both sides of the “Iron Curtain,” and beyond. Media scholars, similarly, have begun to trace the active collaborations between Eastern and Western European broadcasting institutions; the networks formed by artists and technicians at and through film festivals; the movement of samizdat and tamizdat texts; and the relationships between professionals in specialized fields such as children’s entertainment, television, and industrial film.
This symposium aims to systematically examine European media during the Cold War in terms of such histoires croisées, tracing the transnational encounters between Eastern and Western European media industries and cultures between 1945 and 1990. The symposium will engage with a wide range of media forms and practices, from the moving image to sound to print, in order to ask the following questions:
Submissions—including a 300-word abstract and short contributor bio—should be sent by November 27 to email@example.com; queries may also be sent to this address. Notification of acceptance will be made in early December.
Limited contributions toward travel may be available.
Organized by Mari Pajala (University of Minnesota/University of Turku), Alice Lovejoy (University of Minnesota), and Tom Wolfe (University of Minnesota), and hosted by the Institute for Global Studies and Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, with support from the Government of Finland/David and Nancy Speer Visiting Professorship in Finnish Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the departments of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and the Moving Image Studies Program.