Videos of the "International Student Conference of the Cold War History Research Center"

August 06, 2021

Video recordings for the 11th Annual International Student Conference of the Cold War History Research Center are now available online (see links below). The 2021 Fellows from the EI's Cold War Archives Research (CWAR) program participated in the conference, each giving a presentation on their research.

The virtual conference was organized in collaboration with the Institute of International, Politics, and Regional Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest; the Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; and the European Institute, Columbia University, New York.

View the full program here.

Video recordings of the conference below, which are all available on the Cold War History Research Center's Facebook page.

View Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speech, which includes:

  • Opening remarks from Csaba BÉKÉS, Professor, Director, Cold War History Research Center at Corvinus University of Budapest and the Centre for Social Sciences
  • Opening speech from László CSICSMANN, Vice-rector, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Keynote speech from Mark KRAMER, Director of Cold War studies at Harvard University & Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

View Panel 1: The Middle East and Africa in the Cold War, which includes:

  • Chair: Dániel VÉKONY (Corvinus University of Budapest)
  • Hasan GÖNDER (University of Szeged, Doctoral School of History, PhD candidate) Negative effects of the Cold War on Turkey: The End of Village Institutes and Reform Studies
  • Faruh KUZIEV (Central European University, Vienna, History Department, PhD candidate) Muslim scientists, Muslim soldiers, and Muslim Muslims: The Cold War Generations of Sharora (the 1950s–1990s)
  • Tibor PINTÉR (University of Szeged, Hungary, Doctoral School of SZTE–ÁJTK, PhD student) Somalia's neighborhood policy during the Cold War
  • Buyisile NTAKA (Corvinus University of Budapest, International Security Studies, PhD Candidate) The Soviet Union and Liberation Movements in Southern Africa: The Case of the ANC in South Africa from 1960–1990

View Panel 2: Nuclear History and Intelligence, which includes:

  • Chair: Péter MARTON (Corvinus University of Budapest)
  • Péter TAKÁCS (University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary, Doctoral School of Public Administration, PhD student) Cold War Trends in the Nuclear Age: Hannah Arendt's Concept Typology on the Issue of Total War and Political Revolution
  • Hannah KUNZE (Columbia University, USA, European Institute, Dual BA) The Demise of the Family Unit: Parenting and Alcoholism in the Soviet Union in the Early Cold War Years
  • Carol Louise ASHBY (Sciences Po, France and Columbia University, USA, Political Science Major Dual BA) Swinging Spies: Sexpionage during the Sexual Revolution in New York and Washington D.C. in the 1970s

View Panel 3: Cultural Aspects of the Cold War, which includes:

  • Chair: Victoria PHILLIPS, Lecturer in History, Columbia University, USA – LSE, UK
  • Clara LEVRERO (Columbia University, USA, Barnard College, BA in History) American–Italian Music Cultural Diplomacy: Gian Carlo Menotti and the Spoleto Festival
  • Ruby GURALNIK DAWES (Columbia University, USA, Barnard College, Intellectual History, Art History, BA) Red Art Termites and the Conspiracy of Modernism: Donderoism and Paradoxes of the Early Cold War
  • Veronika JONSSON (Columbia University, USA, International and World History, MA/MSc) American Culture for Export: The 1959 "Ballets: U.S.A." Tour in Iceland

View Panel 4: East-Central Europe in the Cold War, which includes:

  • Chair: Csaba BÉKÉS (Professor, Director, Cold War History Research Center at Corvinus University of Budapest and the Centre for Social Sciences)
  • Sabine NACHBAUR (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research into Consequences of War, Graz, Austria, PhD candidate) Czechoslovak Intelligence in Austria from the Perspective of Austrian Authorities during the Early Cold War, 1948–1960
  • Bartosz GROMKO (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw, Poland, PhD candidate) Radio Varsavia – the Voice of the Italian Communists from beyond the Iron Curtain
  • Jitka DRAHOTSKA (University of Aberdeen, UK, Department of History, BA) The Winter after the Spring: Emotions in the Transitionary Period between the Prague Spring and the Advent of Normalization in Czechoslovakia through the Selfimmolation of Jan Palach
  • Karol CHWASTEK (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre, PhD candidate) For Dignity, Resistance against Martial Law in Poland in December 1981
  • Andrei OLTENAU (Babes–Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, Faculty of History and Philosophy, UBB Master) "The Most Favored Nation!" Misinterpreted by Western states: Ceausescu, a Failed Hope of Relaxation (1975–1985)

View Panel 5: The Neutrals in the Cold War, which includes:

  • Chair: Barnabás VAJDA (University Selye János, Komárno, Slovakia)
  • Anna STEINER (University of Graz – Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on Consequences of War) The Road to Helsinki: Neutral Austria in Soviet Foreign Policy Strategy, 1969–1975
  • James P. BROWN (Northumbria University, UK, Department of Humanities, PhD Candidate) Cold War Dissidents and their Transnational Supporters in Britain, America and the USSR: 1964–1991
  • Rosa Florence GEOGHEGAN (Columbia University, USA, European Studies, Dual BA) Neutrality, Geography and Sovereignty: An Examination of Cold War Neutrality in Three Small European States: Ireland, Austria and Finland.
  • Christian NEUBACHER (Columbia University, USA, Master Candidate, European History, Politics, and Society, MA) The Magnificent Magyars: Hungarian–Soviet Relations through Football Diplomacy

View Panel 6: U.S. Diplomacy in the Cold War, which includes:

  • Chair: Anita SZŰCS (Corvinus University of Budapest)
  • Anna GRUTZA (Central European University, Vienna, Comparative History, PhD
  • Candidate) Radio Free Europe and the Cold War Agency Crisis: US Cold War Scientists and Fact-Makers in the Trap of Pure Objectivity and Purified Reasons
  • Zsolt MÁTÉ (University of Pécs, Hungary, PhD candidate) The 1956 Hungarian Revolution in View of the Communication of American Diplomacy
  • Murat IPLICKI (Bilkent University, Turkey, Department of History, American Studies, PhD candidate) They Were Meant to be Together: Forging U.S.–Turkish Alliance through Business Diplomacy and Foreign Direct Investments between 1945–1960

View Panel 7: China and South-East Asia in the Cold War, which includes:

  • Chair: Tamás MATURA (Corvinus University of Budapest)
  • Holly MCKENZIE (LSE, UK – Peking University, China, International Affairs, Double MSc) Sino–US Cold War Cultural Diplomacy: the First American Women’s Friendship Delegation to China, 1973
  • Rhe-Anne TAN (Columbia University, USA, – Sciences Po, France, Economy & Society Political Science, BA) Screening the Cold War in Southeast Asia: US Cultural Diplomacy and Postcolonial Counter-Narratives
  • Yuwei Corrine FU (London School of Economics, UK, History of International Relations) From 'Peking all-stars’ to Cui Jian: US Music Diplomacy and Rock Music in China, 1979–1988

View Panel 8: International Relations in the Post Cold War Era, which includes:

  • Chair: Beáta PARAGI (Corvinus University of Budapest)
  • Simon SZILVÁSI (Corvinus University of Budapest, International Relations and Security S tudies, PhD Candidate ؘ– Antall József Knowledge Centre, Research Fellow) Mikhail Gorbachev‘s Speech in Murmansk and its implications on the Post-Cold War Arctic cooperation
  • Jeff HAWN (London School of Economics, UK, International History, PhD candidate) Why the United States Foreign Policy Establishment Came to See Boris Yeltsin as the Key to Russian Democracy?
  • Murat DEREGÖZÜ (Corvinus University of Budapest, PhD candidate) Post-Cold War Geopolitics of Turkey
  • Neli KIRILOVA (Corvinus University of Budapest, International Relations and Security Studies, PhD Candidate – European Security and Defence College, & PhD Fellow, CSDP/CFSP) The Black Sea Regional Competition–Cooperation in Post-Cold War Russia – Turkey – NATO – EU Relations


More information on the CWAR Program here.