AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
11–13 NOVEMBER 2021, HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the “Cold War”, a half-century of superpower rivalry that left few societies untouched. Now, there are concerns about a new great power contest between the United States and China. Our conference will interrogate “Cold War thinking” — from the primacy it gave to relations between nation-states, to assumptions about zero-sum competition. It will critically examine how these frames are constructed, circulated, mobilised and contested through media and culture.
Five keynote speakers, seven roundtable participants, a filmmaker, and more than sixty paper presenters will explore the ways in which cold wars have been narrated, what these narratives have left out, and how alternative possibilities may be imagined. “We put together interdisciplinary panels that address a range of issues including transnational cultural production, soft power, humanitarian and ecological trauma, migration and exile, and twitter diplomacy,” says Kenneth Paul Tan, who curated the programme.
The conference is online and all are welcome to attend by Zoom. Admission is free of charge, but registration is required. Click below to go to our registration form.
THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER (HONG KONG TIME)
KEYNOTE: Issues in Cold War Historiography – Louis Menand, Harvard University
FILMMAKER LECTURE: The Shortest Speech – Naeem Mohaiemen, Columbia University
KEYNOTE: Sadequain Naqvi: a ‘Pakistani Picasso’ for the Cold War – Caroline Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ROUNDTABLE: Plural Histories, New Imaginaries – Ute Meta Bauer, Nanyang Technological University; Caroline Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER (HONG KONG TIME)
KEYNOTE: The Galaxy Empire – John Keane, University of Sydney; He Baogang, Deakin University
KEYNOTE: China at the Dawn of the Cold War: Between Class War and the New Internationalism – Rana Mitter, Oxford University
ROUNDTABLE: Cold War 2.0? – Kanti Bajpai, National University of Singapore; Ian Johnson, Former New York Times correspondent in China; Maria Repnikova, Georgia State University
SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER (HONG KONG TIME)
Graduate Student Panels
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This conference was organised by the HKBU School of Communication and Film in collaboration with the Academy of Visual Arts and the Department of Government and International Studies. MORE.