About the Symposium
From 29th till 30th January 2016 Prof. Andreas Renner (Russian and Asian Studies) and Prof. Rotem Kowner (Visting Research Fellow of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies) will host the workshop "Seventy Years to the End of the War in Asia. Divergent Perspectives on the War Denouement and the Onset of the Cold War". The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 September 2015.
In a seventy-year hindsight, August 1945 emerges as an epoch-making month and by far the most crucial turning point in the twentieth-century history of East Asia. But how exactly has Japan’s surrender affected the various processes that came to an end or began in that date? Is it possible to construct a meta-narrative of the various events and processes that occurred in 1945 and the subsequent decade? In this symposium we intend to examine these and other questions by offering a broad international perspective and relying on new materials and approaches. We are looking in particular for novel (and unconventional) perspectives representing either one or more of the powers involved (i.e., China, Japan, the two Koreas, Soviet Union/Russia, and the United States) but which transcend national historiographies. Thematically, we invite paper and panel proposals in the following domains:
The symposium will be held at the Graduate School for East and South East European Studies in Munich. Proposals for panels/papers, as well as further inquiries, should be sent by email to the conference secretariat (email@example.com). Proposals should include the title of the panel or the individual paper, a short abstract (150-200 words) and a short bionote (about 100 words). The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 September 2015. Accepted proposals will be notified by 15 October 2015.
The symposium will be conducted in English. It is open to the public and participation is free of charge. Graduate students, side by side with seasoned scholars, are encouraged to apply. In special cases, the organizers will be able to offer limited financial support for the participants. We would be grateful if you could distribute this call for papers among your colleagues. Please save the dates!