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>From: "Gerrit-Jan Berendse" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Please post this CFP
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>Call for Papers:
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>The Lost Decade: The 1950s in European History, Economy, Society and Culture
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>11-13 July 2007
>Cardiff University, Wales, UK
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>The 1950s have received relatively little scholarly attention to 
>date, sandwiched as they are between the traumatic events of the 
>Second World and the social, cultural, political and economic 
>upheavals of the 1960s. Yet these years have been viewed 
>retrospectively as a 'golden age' and represent a period during 
>which many European countries reconstructed a sense of national 
>unity from the vestiges of war. Indeed, the 1950s can be interpreted 
>as a decade that set in train national and cross-national processes 
>and institutions that have shaped contemporary European identities. 
>This conference aims to investigate the 1950s within a European 
>context and to explore how these seemingly 'transitional' years were 
>in fact a fertile period for experimentation in many spheres. From 
>political reorganization and economic reconstruction and 
>modernization to shifts in social trends and intellectual cultures, 
>the 1950s represent a time when new and/or revitalized post-war 
>identities were 'road-tested' for their future use. Examining this 
>'lost' decade provides an opportunity to assess the cultural 
>environment that has moulded the structures and institutions of 
>present-day Europe. It offers the chance to re-evaluate some of the 
>critical debates that marked the public sphere and to account for 
>what was 'lost' in those years as choices were made over the future 
>of European societies and cultures.
>
>The conference organizers welcome proposals for panel and/or papers 
>that work on specific national traditions and cultures, as well as 
>those that foster interdisciplinary and comparative work. 
>Contributions in the following areas would be of interest but they 
>are by no means an exhaustive list:
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>*	Forms of European cooperation: political, economic and intercultural
>*	Politics of the Cold War: East/West relations and the 
>dynamics of conflict
>*	Transatlantic relations: European responses to American 
>social, cultural and political models
>*	Europe and its colonial pasts and present: decolonization and 
>its aftermath
>*	The society of consumption: social and economic trends
>*	Popular cultures, film, fashion and sport: embodying a decade
>*	Sexual cultures: feminism, gender and frameworks for change
>*	Intellectual cultures: debates and exchanges within Europe and beyond
>*	Political cultures: reconstructing national institutions and elites
>*	Memories of the 1950s: nostalgia and return
>*	The 1950s and its historiographical heritage
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>Abstracts of approximately 300 words, as well as a one-page CV, 
>should be sent to Heiko Feldner: [log in to unmask], School of 
>European Studies, Cardiff University, 65-68 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 
>3AS. Deadline for submissions: 31 September 2006. Speakers should 
>seek funding from their own institution in the first instance.

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