Narrating Cold Wars

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. 


Speakers include: Kanti Bajpai (National University of Singapore); Louis Menand (Harvard University); He Baogang (Deakin University); Ian Johnson (Council on Foreign Relations); Caroline Jones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); John Keane (Sydney University); Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University); Naeem Mohaiemen (independent artist); Ute Meta Bauer (Nanyang Technological University); Rana Mitter (Oxford University).


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This conference is 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.

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