Transnational relations between Eastern Europe/USSR and the Middle East. New perspectives on the Cold War

22.02.2018 - 14:00 to 23.02.2018 - 16:30 Add to calendar

1) 14:00-14:30 Introduction

- Sandrine Kott et Cyrus Schayegh: Welcome note
- Vladimir Hamed Troyanski (Stanford University)
Trans-Imperial Connections between the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires

2) 14:30-16:30 A new Spatiality (from Eastern Europe to the Middle East)

Chair: Natasha Wheatley (Princeton University) / via skype Ondrej Matejka (Charles University, Prague)

- Nataša Mišković (University of Basel)
The Non-Aligned Movement and the Orientalist Turn
- Rinna Kullaa (University of Tampere/ University of Vienna)
Third Way Networks and the Redefining of an Eastern Mediterranean Crescent as a Transformative Political Space 1954-1990
- Joseph Ben Prestel (Freie Universität Berlin / Orient-Institut Beirut)
Global Palestine in Cold War Germany, 1967-1979

3) 17:00-18:30 State building and transnational encounters
Chair: Adam Mestyan (Duke University, USA)

- Miriam M. Müller (Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany)
Transnational Identity-Creation in the Middle East: East Germany’s Engagement in South Yemen as a Spatial Claim to State-Identity
- Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez (Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Internatsionalisty and “Soldiers of Allah”, Interaction between Soviets and Egyptians in Their Joint War against Israel

4) 09:00-11:00 Cultural circulation
Chair: Valentina Calzolari (University of Geneva)

- Masha Kirasirova (New York University Abu Dhabi)
“Muslim Tradition Forbids Reciting the Qur’an while Drunk:” Soviet Cultural Diplomacy and the Arab Intelligentsia, 1925-1948
- Philipp Casula (University of Zurich/Manchester)
Soviet Travelers to the Middle East: Searching Modernity and a True Soviet Self during the Cold War
- Konstantinos Katsakioris (University Bayreuth)
The COMECON Countries, North Africa and the Middle East: Educational Cooperation during the Cold War

5) 11:15-13:15 Minorities as Bridge builders
Chair: Vladimir Hamed Troyanski (Stanford University)

- Taline Ter Minassian (INALCO, Paris)
The « Colporteurs » Revisited : Soviet Union and Transnational Minorities in the Middle-East, Act II
- Oleksandra Kunovska Mondoux (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Building the Economic Relations between Poles, Ukrainians and Jews before and after WWII
- Aleksandar Zivotic (Department for History, Belgrade University)
Dominance of Pramatism over Ideology. Yugoslav Muslims as a Bridge between Yugoslavia and Egypt (1952-1961)

6) 14:30-16:30 From one periphery to the other: development projects
Chair: Michel Christian (University of Geneva)

- Aykiz Dogan (University Paris I)
From Soviet to American Development Models: The Role of Transnational Actors, Economic Expertise and Knowledge Transfer in the Economic (Re)Construction of Turkey
- Massimiliano Trentin (University of Bologna)
State-led Development: the Privileged Linkage between East Germany and Ba'thist Syria, 1963-1972
- Lukasz Stanek (University of Manchester)
Architecture and Petrobarter. Romanian and East German Construction Export to Oil Producing Countries, 1970s-1980s

Conclusions (Adam Mestyan) and discussion

Organised by: 
Sandrine Kott, Université de Genève / Cyrus Schayegh, Princeton University
Venue
University of Geneva
GSI, rue des Grenadiers / Salle 3H8
1211
Geneva
Geneva
Event language(s): 
French
English
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