Unité d'histoire contemporaine

2018: Transnational relations between Eastern Europe/USSR and the Middle East. New perspectives on the Cold War

Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10
Plainpalais - Geneva

Thursday February 22nd

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

Coffee Break

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

Dinner   Restaurant Le Dorian (1 place René Payot, 1204 Genève)

Friday February 23th

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

Coffee Break

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



13 décembre 2017