CFP - The Global South in the Cold War - IHD 2019

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Call for Papers
March 29, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations

On 31 May 2019 Liverpool John Moores University will host the fourth annual International History and Diplomacy conference. Established in 2015, the aim of IHD is to provide an accessible, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating forum for doctoral candidates, early career researchers and established academics in which to showcase, reflect upon, and discuss their research findings within international history and diplomacy in the twentieth century. 2019’s symposium will explore the global south during the Cold War, seeking to explore how the conflict operated in the developing world, including how this was further complicated by deep rooted pre-existing tensions in these regions. It will examine the complex interrelationships between the USA, Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China, all of which sought client states in the newly decolonised world.

The organisers are particularly interested in papers which analyse events from the perspective of countries considered to be part of the ‘global south’. This includes ideology in the global south, social, political and ethnic tensions within newly independent countries, and how events in these nations impacted the nature of the East-West conflict. As Odd Arne Westad argues in the Cambridge History of the Cold War, the opening of more archives throughout the world since the early 1990s has ‘meant real advances for historians’, it is now possible ‘to situate the Cold War within the wider history of the twentieth century in a global perspective.’ There is now an opportunity to reflect on the Cold War from a much broader viewpoint, offering new insights into the truly international nature of this conflict.

To this end, the aim of 2019’s symposium will be to gather a range of academics – across all relevant subject fields and disciplines – who have an interest in key themes and events that relate to the various issues, events, and topics within the global political and economic context of the ‘global south’ during the Cold War. In addition to this, the conference organisers also seek to attract papers from researchers whose work not only considers both the political and economic dimensions, but who also bring the role of other important actors and events throughout the twentieth century to the fore; for example, antiwar movements, human rights campaigners and other transnational non-state actors.

The conference organisers invite both twenty-minute paper proposals and complete panel submissions from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars from a range of disciplines, as well as journalists, politicians, think tanks and those in related fields on topics relevant to the conference. Panels are expected to include a chair and consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Please note that all male panel proposals will not be accepted. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 150-word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. Please send 300-word proposals, with a few descriptive keywords, to the conference email

All submissions for inclusion must be received by 5pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday 5 April. Updates regarding the conference will be posted to the IHD20C website. There will be no fees for delegates. PGRs and non-permanent ECRs will be invited to attend the conference meal free of charge. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for transportation expenses.

Keynote speaker

Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield)

Plenary speaker

Flavia Gasbarri (Kings College London)

Organising Committee

Dan Feather (Liverpool John Moores University)

Dean Clay (Liverpool John Moores University)

Elliot Newbold (University of Nottingham)

James Brocklesby (Liverpool John Moores University)

Lindsay Aqui (University of Cambridge)

Todd Carter (University of Oxford)

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