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Conference Day 1: Thursday, 2 June 2022


09:00 – 09:15             Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Organizers


09:15 – 09:45             Opening Presentation Sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for
                                    Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS)

                                    Trudy Huskamp Peterson (USA)

                                     “Dangerous Records: A Cold War Story”


10:00 – 11:00             Panel 1: International Organizations as Actors: Alleviating Human Suffering

                                    Lukas Schemper (Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin,

                                     Disaster and the United Nations during the Cold War


                                    Agnieszka Sobocinska (King's College London, UK)

                                     Giving and Resisting Aid: The UN FAO Freedom from Hunger Campaign as an
                                     Institution and at Ground Level


                                     Chair and Comments: Elisabeth Röhrlich (University of Vienna, Austria)


11:15 – 12:45             Panel 2: Vienna in Context: Neutral Cities and International Organizations as
                                                   Bridge-building Sites (BIAAS-sponsored)

                                    Lucile Dreidemy (University of Vienna, Austria)

                                    The Vienna Institute for Development and Cooperation: A Case Study on the 
                                    “NGOisation” of Development and Foreign Policy in the Context of the Cold War


                                    Liza Soutschek (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

                                    Arena for Cooperation and Competition in Cold War Science: The Vienna International
                                    Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and East and West Germany


                                    Barbara Hof (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

                                    Window to the East. CERN and the Expansion of Scientific Collaboration across the
                                    Iron Curtain


                                    Chair and Comments: Glenda Sluga (European University Institute)


12:45 – 14:45 lunch (for participants only)

Solo Pizza e Birra, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien


14:45 – 16:15            Panel 3.1: US Dominance in International Organizations? (BIAAS-sponsored)


                                   Chair: Jessica Reinisch (Birkbeck College, UK)


                                   Ljubica Spaskovska (University of Exeter, UK) [via Zoom?]

                                   ‘Infrastructure for Co-operation’? – Visions of Internationalism and Development 
                                   beyond the Cold War Divide


                                   Michel Christian (Geneva University, Switzerland)

                                   The Paris “Centre International de l’Enfance” between East and West


                                   Marek Eby (New York University, USA)

                                   Cold War Form, Internationalist Content? The Martsinovskii Institute in the 
                                   Transnational Networks of the WHO


                                   Comments: Bogdan Iacob (Romanian Academy/SNSPA, Bucharest, Romania)


16:30 – 18:00            Panel 3.2: US Dominance in International Organizations? (BIAAS-sponsored)


                                   Chair: Monika Baár (Leiden University, Netherlands)

                                   Chris Dietrich (Fordham University, USA) [via Zoom]

                                   Ralph Bunche, the Cold War, and the Battle over Trusteeship, 1934-1948


                                   Sarah Nelson (Southern Methodist University Dallas, USA)

                                   "‘Regenerate, but Unreformed?’ The International Telecommunications Union, the
                                    United Nations, and the Making of Technocratic Internationalism(s) in the Early
                                    Cold War, 1945-1947”


                                   Henning Türk (Bonn University, Germany)

                                   International Organizations as Mediators in the Western Camp: The International
                                   Energy Agency and the Gas-pipeline Sanctions between 1981 and 1984


                                    Comments: Martin Rempe (University of Konstanz, Germany)


19:00 Reception (for participants only)

 K.u.K. Piaristenkeller, Piaristengasse 45, 1080 Wien



Conference Day 2: Friday, 3 June 2022


10:00 - 11:30                Panel 4: Negotiating Decolonization


                                    Daniel Gorman (University of Waterloo, Canada)

                                     Experiments in Conciliation: The UN, Kashmir, and Decolonization


                                    Lydia Walker (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

                                    The Cold War Trap: The United Nations and the Specter of Katanga


                                    Christian Methfessel (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History Berlin, Germany)

                                    Territorial Conflicts on the World Stage: International Organizations, the “Third 
                                    World,” and the Global Cold War


                                    Chair and Comments: Marcia Schenck (University of Potsdam, Germany)


11:45 - 13:45 lunch (for participants only)

(on site)


13:45 – 15:15             Panel 5: Actors in International Organizations and the Production of


                                    Katja Castryck-Naumann (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of 
                                    Eastern Europe Leipzig, Germany):
                                    Polish Economists in the UN Secretariat: Expertise, Political Agendas, and Networks  


                                    Mikuláš Pešta (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic), Matthieu Gillabert
                                    (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

                                    International Union of Students: Strategies of Legitimization from Prague to the
                                    Global Cold War


                                    Yi-Tang Lin (Geneva University, Switzerland) [via Zoom]

                                    Catch up to Western Science or Export the Chinese Model? Chinese Experts and the 
                                    United Nations in the 1970s


                                    Chair and Comments: Sandrine Kott (University of Geneva)


15:30 – 16:30             Panel 6: International Law: Human and Cultural Rights


                                    Debbie Sharnak (Rowan University, USA) [via Zoom]

                                    The UN Human Rights Commission and the Case of Uruguay


                                    Ioana Cîrstocea (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)

                                    Before “Gender Mainstreaming”: Cold War Roots of the Global Women’s Rights


                                    Chair & Comments: Ned Richardson-Little (Erfurt University, Germany)


16:45 – 17:15             Concluding Discussion


                                    Chair: Ellen Ravndal (University of Stavanger, Norway)

                                     Discussants: Federico Romero (European University Institute), Glenda Sluga
                                     (European University Institute), Monika Baár (Leiden University, Netherlands)


 19:00 Conference Dinner (for participants only)

Glacis Beisl,Breite Gasse 4, 1070 Wien

The symposium is generously supported by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, the Vienna Meeting Fund, the Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft (ÖFG), the Department of Development Studies, the Department of History and the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Science of the University of Vienna and the Department of History of the University of Geneva.



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