This workshop will bring together researchers working on themes surpassing traditional Cold War narratives about Eastern Europe. By focusing on issues such as multilateralism, East-West relations and the engagement of the socialist regimes with the rest of the world the invited speakers will delve into portraying the initiatives and the strategies engaged by the communist regimes such as Romania in their efforts to establish a voice of their own in the global stage beyond the confines of the communist bloc.
Organiser: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis (IRH-ICUB Fellow, Utrecht University)
Invited speakers: Dr. Angela Romano (European University Institute, Florence), Dr. Laurien Crump (Utrecht University), Dr. Adelina Stefan (European University Institute, Florence), Dr. Corina Mavrodin (European University Institute, Florence).
14:00 – 15:00 Chair: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis
Dr. Angela Romano (PanEur1970s, EUI) – European Socialist Countries Vis-à-Vis the 1970s Globalising Trends: The Pan-European cooperation option.
Dr. Laurien Crump (Utrecht University) – ‘Enemies of Détente’? Eastern European Strategies for Securing Europe through the CSCE.
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:30 Chair: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis
Dr. Adelina Stefan (PanEur1970s, EUI) – Bridging Europe during the Cold War: International tourism as ‘soft diplomacy’ in socialist Romania of the 1960s and the 1980s.
Dr. Corina Mavrodin (Max Weber Fellow, EUI) – Dispelling the spirit of the Cold War in the Balkans”: Romania’s initiative for intra-bloc, regional cooperation and denuclearisation (1957-60).