Call for Papers. “Machineries of Persuasion. European Soft Power and Public Diplomacy during the Cold War”

Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies
Department of History, Aarhus University
Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University


European Soft Power and Public Diplomacy during the Cold War

Over the last two decades, public diplomacy has become a central area of
research within Cold War studies. Yet, this field has been dominated by
studies of the superpowers’ soft power practices; especially the public
diplomacy programs of the United States have been covered in great
detail. However, the so-called ‘cultural dimension’ of the Cold War was
a much more complex and multifaceted phenomenon. Little attention has
been paid to the efforts European countries to safeguard their
strategic, economic, and political interests by engaging and seducing
foreign publics.

This symposium focuses on the study of the European powers’ use of soft
power techniques, broadly defined, to advance their foreign policies in
the international tumultuous scenario of the Cold War. It welcomes
contributions that deal with the uses of European cultural, educational,
and communication diplomacy aimed at winning the “hearts and minds” of
international public opinion between the 1950s and 1980s.

The symposium will be held on 19-20 January 2017 at the Aarhus Institute
of Advanced Studies (Aarhus University, Denmark). It will consist of
academic paper sessions (oral paper presentations) and a keynote lecture
given by Prof. Dr. Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Department of History, Freie
Universität Berlin, Germany.

Successful presenters will have their accommodation expenses during the
symposium covered.

Key dates:

– Deadline for proposals: proposals of no more than 400 words should be
submitted by 1 October 2016. To submit a proposal, please send an email
to the co-organizers: /
– Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2016
– Deadline for final paper: 6 January 2017
– Symposium: 19-20 January 2017

For more information on this symposium, please visit the website: machineries-of-persuasion/


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