We are inviting participants in an ACLA seminar focused on Cold War Nostalgia in film and television.
This seminar seeks to explore the reemergence of the Cold War as a topic of global popular interest 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain. We aim to place this discussion in the context provided by previous studies of post-communist nostalgia, and seek a multidirectional, transnational approach to the phenomenon. Memory, in a Foucauldian reading, can be a political force, a form of subjugated knowledge, but also a site of potential opposition and resistance, vulnerable to manipulation. The new popularity of the topic in Hollywood (from TV shows like The Americans to block-buster films like, Bridge of Spies (2015), Hail, Caesar! (2016), Atomic Blonde (2017),The Shape of Water (2017), Red Sparrow (2018) and Creed II (2019) coincides with a rise in nationalist discourse and with new debates around the idea of democratic socialism in the US.
We invite papers exploring recent film and television representations of the Cold War in North America and Europe that highlight the complex legacy of the conflict on both sides of the Atlantic. Particularly encouraged are papers focusing on the former Eastern bloc, in an effort to challenge the still-dominant Hollywood metanarrative.
Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy and Oana Popescu-Sandu
Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University, Ohio