International Workshop ‘The World since World War II’

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January 7, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Diplomacy and International Relations, Modern European History / Studies, World History / Studies, European History / Studies

International Workshop

‘The World since World War II’


Announcement published by Vishanz Pinto on Monday, March 2, 2021


Type                  :    Call for Resource Persons and Participants.

Date                  :    January - 7, 8, and 9, 2022

Location            :    Mangalore, India

Subject Fields    :   Contemporary World, World History, European History, Asian History,

                               American History/ Studies.


The Department of History at St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore-575003, India, will hold, by the participation of international experts, a workshop in various fields on ‘The World since World War II’ aimed at benefiting undergraduate and postgraduate teachers/scholars of Social Sciences and Humanities belonging to the Asian region. This would help the teaching community to enlighten themselves and to form new syllabi and eventually help this knowledge percolate down the student community.


Humanity faced an insurmountable challenge in the form of Second World War within twenty years of the previous War (1914-1918). Caught in the act of recovering from the first blow, once again there was the immeasurable loss of life and immense destruction of resources. The end of the War ushered in a new era. In that process, the European colonial empires declined, United Nations was formed and many Afro-Asian countries became free from colonial domination. These newly independent nations, often referred to as the Third World countries continued to suffer under extreme poverty and diseases.  In order to get rid of the colonial legacy of financial deprivation they initiated new economic planning.


The repercussions continued - suspicion between the Soviet Bloc and the US Bloc sowed the seeds of the Cold War. The Cold War forced the newly independent countries to retain their voice in the form of the Non-Aligned Movement. There was the threat of nuclear war and its clouds loomed large. Creation of NATO, CENTO, Baghdad Pact, SEATO, and Warsaw Pact were its manifestations. By the turn of the 1980s, the USSR witnessed an economic crisis and the reformist measures of Mikhail Gorbachev-Perestroika and Glasnost eventually broke up the Soviet Bloc and caused the end of the Cold War. Consequently, the Non-Aligned Movement too lost its significance. Adding to it, the creation of a new homeland for the Jews in Israel aggravated the situation introducing new dynamics into world politics.


Meanwhile, humanity had made considerable strides in Science and Technology, Medicine, exploration of Space and Information and Communications Technology. At a socio-economic level, gender issues assumed significance with the liberation groups advocating equal rights for women. Awareness of nature and its degradation due to human greed, and other environmental issues also came to the fore.

Thus, the world has come a long way since WWII; the 75 years period has wrought such changes in human history as no other age had done so far.


There is never a time appropriate or otherwise for introspection and re-charting of the course of our journey into the future.


Some of the broad themes (but not limited to) that would be focused on are:

  1. Decolonization after 1945
  2. The World during the Cold War (1940-1990)
  3. The Space Race
  4. Fall of Communism
  5. Information and Communication Technology Revolution
  6. Feminist Movements, Gender Equality and the State
  7. Environmental Issues and Global Initiatives
  8. Palestine and the State of Israel
  9. European Union
  10. United Nations in a Changing World
  11. Unipolar World/United States of America and the World
  12. The End of the Apartheid in South Africa
  13. The Arab Spring and West Asian Politics
  14. China as a Global Power


We invite resource persons as well as participants for the workshop. Resource persons who are specialists in any of the above areas or allied fields are welcome; are free to propose new topics/sub-themes as well, which are relevant to the main theme.


Registration fees for the participants:





Participants from Asia (Outside India)

$100 (USD)


Participants from India

₹ 5,000/-


Ad-hoc Teachers

₹ 3,000/-


The fee covers boarding and lodging expenses.


Participants would be limited to 40 scholars and admitted on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

Google form for participants:

Resource persons and participants would be notified by August 31, 2021.


For further details: Coordinator-Vishanz Pinto, Associate Professor, Department of History, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangalore-575003, India

Phone: +91 94802 89560 (WhatsApp), Email:


Contact Info: 

Coordinator- Vishanz Pinto, Associate Professor, Department of History, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangalore-575003, India

Phone: +91 94802 89560 (WhatsApp), Email:

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