Roundtable – Converging Worlds of the Cold War: Eastern Europe and the Global South

“Converging Worlds of the Cold War: Eastern Europe and the Global South” Roundtable
May 19, 16.00
New Europe College (Plantelor no. 21, Bucharest)

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The roundtable reflects the general aim of our project “Turning Global,” that is, to provide the framework for a comprehensive analysis of post-1945 state socialism’s international projection. The roundtable will map the interaction between communist regimes in Eastern Europe and newly de-colonized countries from the Global South. The participants wish to look into the impact of de-colonization and its tribulations on state socialist countries’ positioning and self-representation during the global Cold War.

Some of the themes we wish to touch upon are:

  • The anti-imperialist, post-colonial solidarity of Eastern Europe with the struggles in the Global South (e.g., the Vietnam war, Cuba, or Lusophone Africa) and its impact on domestic representations of revolution
  • The re-imagination of the Eastern Europe as potential emancipation from the status of Cold War (semi-)periphery
  • The ‘development race’ from the point of view of the exchanges and entanglements between East and South (e.g., role of socialist experts in the “Third World”)
  • Can we talk about an alternative globalization from Eastern Europe during the Cold War?

Participants:

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