Unité d'histoire contemporaine

2016: Models of Economic and Social Planning in Cold War Europe. Competition, Cooperation, Circulations (1950s-1970s)


Thursday May 26th

Welcome and presentation of the project Shared modernities or competing modernities? Europe between West and East (1920s-1970s)

10:30-12:30 Panel 1 – Diverging regional projects
Chair and comments: Ludovic Tournès (University of Geneva)

Simon Godard (University Paris 1-Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
COMECON and the failed coordination of economic planning in the socialist bloc in the 1960s

Lorenzo Mechi (University of Padova)
European integration and economic planning: conflict, harmony or complementarity?

Michele Alacevich (Loyola University, Maryland)
Development and the balance of payments in postwar Europe


12:30-13:30 Lunch Break


13:30-15:30 Panel 2 – Building a common framework : trade regulations
Chair and comments: Alexander Nützenadel (Humboldt University)

Sara Lorenzini (University of Trento)
From plan to program: European Community aid and the Lomé revolution

Michel Christian (University of Geneva)
Planning the international trade? UNCTAD and the socialist economic planning

Francine McKenzie (Western University, Canada) 
Planning peace and prosperity: the establishment of the GATT


15:30-16:00 Coffee Break


16:00-18:00 Panel 3 – Experts in economic and social development between East and West
Chair and comments: Corinna Unger (European University Institute, Florence)

Katja Naumann (University of Leipzig)
East Central European experts in international institutions

Malgorzata Mazurek (Columbia University, New York)
Shaping the canon of postwar economic thought: Polish economists and the UNESCO’s international social science

Sandrine Kott (University of Geneva)
Organizing work in socialism: the exportation of capitalist management culture to Eastern Europe during the Cold war


20:00 Diner at the restaurant Le Dorian


  Friday May 27th

9:00-11:00 Panel 4 – Learning from the East?
Chair and comments: James Mark (University of Exeter)

Michal Pullmann, (Charles University, Prague)
Planning, efficiency and the socialist entrepreneurship

Isabelle Gouarné (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Amiens)
Mandatory planning versus indicative planning? Eastern itinerary of French planners (1960's-1970's)

Sari Autio-Sarasmo (University of Helsinki)
Economic modernization: lessons from the Soviet experience

11:00-12:00 – Presentation of the project PanEur1970s
Pál Germuska
(European University Institute, Florence) will present the project PanEurope 1970s - Looking West: The European Socialist regimes facing pan-European cooperation and the European Community


12:00-13:00 Lunch break


13:00-15:00 Panel 5 – Peripheries of planning/Challenges for planning
Chair and comments: Davide Rodogno (Institut des hautes internationales et du développement, Geneva)

Jenny Andersson (Sciences po Paris)
A transnational history of prediction

Vitězslav Sommer (Institute for Contemporary History, Prague)
Expert knowledge and organization of state socialism: management studies, planning and governance in Czechoslovakia, 1960s-1970s

Ondrej Matejka (University of Geneva)
Social regulation, development and (de)humanization in the East and West: Christian-Marxist dialogues in the 1960s.

15:00-16:00 Concluding remarks
Corinna Unger
(European University Institute, Florence)


17 mai 2016