Gepubliceerd op 21-11-2016

Call for Papers: Europe and the Cold War: The Power of non-powers and perspectives on the economic, social and political aspects of European Security Strategy in the early Cold War (BENELUX Conference)

It is a pleasure to invite submissions for this conference, hosted at the University of Luxembourg, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH). It will take place in the Black Box conference room, Ground Floor, Maison des Sciences Humaines, Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, on March 30 and 31, 2017.

Call for papers:

What are the historical roots of views of European defense and Europe’s role in Western defence? How did the early European Integration movement perceive American involvement in the development of a common security strategy? This conference will investigate these and other related questions by re-examining the early cold war US /European relationship and the role that early Cold War period developments played in the European Integration Movement. In so doing, this conference will also showcase findings which can contribute to the unification of Cold War and European Integration historiographies. Primary consideration will be given to papers that examine in some way asymmetrical power relations (for example between nations, spheres of influence, alliances, business and media) in the early cold war period. Of particular interest will be papers that highlight the ways in which smaller ‘powers’ affected ‘larger’ developments in the early cold war period.


Topics of interest, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Asymmetrical power relations in the early cold war period of European Integration
  • The ways in which ‘the small’ are able to affect change on the international level in the context of the early cold war and European Integration process.
  • Impacts of European organizations such as the WEU, BENELUX and ECSC on asymmetrical power relations;
  • The effect of interractions with the United States, and with the communist world.
  • Political, cultural and economic interactions on international and/or transnational level
  • Perceptions of the term ‘security’ and what it meant in the early cold war / integration context.
  • New methodological approaches investigating this period and these events.
  • Interactions between the communist and non-communist worlds in Europe 


Guide for authors
To submit your abstract, please submit documents by email to: europe_cold_war_conf_2017@outlook.com

Applications must be received by Jan 13th 2017. Invited speakers will be notified by Jan 27th 2017. Presenters are requested to submit their paper (to be given in English or French) as well as a short Biographical statement, by March 10 2017.

A selection of papers presented will be considered for publication in an edited volume of the conference proceedings. Therefore, applicants are requested to state whether or not their paper is unpublished, and if they wish for it to be considered for publication.

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: January 13 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 27 2017
Deadline for final paper submission: March 10, 2017

To apply:
In PDF format, in French or English:

  • Title and abstract (250-300 words) of presentation, to last no more than 20 minutes.
  • CV, with current affiliation, field of expertise and list of relevat publications.

Please email the application documents to the email address below:


For questions:
Dr. Spero S. Z. Paravantis

This conference is funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) Luxembourg, through the CORE Jr. research project BENELUX, and hosted in coordination with the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

**Please note, speakers will be expected to make their way to Luxembourg and to arrange and cover their own accommodation and transportation costs. Coffee, and snacks will be provided throughout the days of the conference, as will a certificate of attendance, should one be desired.

Organising committee:
Dr. Spero Simeon Z. Paravantis, Chair
Research Associate: TBA
We look forward to seeing you at the “BENELUX, Europe and the Cold War” conference in March.

Spero Paravantis

Information about the host Department: http://wwwen.uni.lu/c2dh
Information about the funding agency: https://www.fnr.lu/

For more information see the event on eventbrite.fr

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