Cold War Voices: Stories, Speech and Sound, 1945-1991 Conference 2020

Страна: Великобритания

Город: Bristol

Тезисы до: 01.10.2019

Даты: 22.06.20 — 23.01.20

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: and

Организаторы: University of Bristol


Voices were an integral element of the Cold War: from political speeches to surveillance technology, the spoken word took on a political, cultural and social significance in the post-1945 world. But voices could also be used to express anger or dissatisfaction with Cold War politics; to express fear or uncertainty for the future; or used to disseminate alternate viewpoints on current affairs. Historians too have turned to voices to understand the history of the Cold War period, interviewing policymakers, diplomats and officials, but also “ordinary” people who lived through tension and conflict. This conference aims to explore the relationship between the Cold War, voices and oral history in more detail, examining not only the gathering of voices during the Cold War, for cultural, political or intelligence purposes, but also historians’ use of voices, oral histories, oral culture and sound in writing histories of this period.

Taking a deliberately broad view of Cold War ‘voices’, we welcome papers on the following topics:

  • Surveillance, ‘listening in’ and recording voices during the Cold War
  • Voices from war, conflict and violence during the Cold War period, including the Korean War, Vietnam War and conflicts associated with decolonization
  • Speaking out for peace: oral histories of nuclear disarmament and the peace movement
  • Cultures of orality, folk culture, sound and song during the Cold War
  • Narratives of subjectivity and selfhood during the Cold War
  • Cold War anniversaries and the memory of the Cold War
  • The use of oral history to understand the domestic, local or regional impact of the Cold War, across the world
  • Oral histories with policymakers, diplomats or officials, or other ‘elite’ political actors
  • The use of archived oral history interviews or official histories
  • The dissemination of ‘voices’, via broadcast media and the politics of Cold War interviewing
  • Innovative technologies for accessing, disseminating or displaying Cold War voices

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