Since the end of the Cold War, “New Cold War History” has become a rising field of the international scholarly community, which reconsiders the history of the Cold War within completely new temporal and spatial frames.  Informed by the methodology of this “New Cold War History,” in recent years Chinese scholars of Cold War history have increasingly refined their scholarly concerns and enhanced their mastery of multinational and multi-archival information. The study of Cold War history in China has reached a level of new height: in 2001 the Center for Cold War International History Studies was set up in East China Normal University and has ever since stood as the sole academic establishment in China focusing on Cold War historical research; the rank of researchers in this field has expanded rapidly; a scholarly debate over “Chinese perspective” of the Cold War has appeared; and the study of the Cold War has functioned as one of the disciplines in China that have the closest and most frequent exchanges with international scholarly circles.

To foster the growth of emerging talents in conducting advanced research in Cold War history in China, East China Normal University will hold an “International Forum for Postdoctoral Scholars in Cold War International History Studies,” which is part of the overall arrangement of the 2013 Chinese Academic Forum for Postdoctoral Scholars and is cosponsored by the National Office of Postdoctoral Administration, Chinese Science Foundation for Postdoctoral Research, and Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Maintenance.  The forum will be in effect from October 29 to November 1, 2013, and the venue will be the East China Normal University campus at the Northern Zhongshan Road (Zhongshan Beilu), Shanghai.  The forum will focus on the theme of “Cold War international history.”  Its goal is to provide Chinese and foreign postdoctoral scholars in the field with an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge researches, expand their own scholarly vistas, and carry out in-depth dialogs.  The forum will feature speeches by leading scholars, panel discussions, commentaries by specialists, and open exchanges with the audience.  The organizing details are the following:

I. Range of Topics

  1. Great-power relations in the Cold War
  2. American and Soviet involvement in the Third World
  3. Regional wars and nuclear deterrence during the Cold War
  4. Economic Cold War and consequences
  5. Societies and Cultures in the context of the Cold War
  6. Cold War and Chinese diplomacy
  7. China’s relations with neighboring countries during the Cold War
  8. Cold War and China’s choice of path of development   

II. Requirements for Conference Papers

  1. The participants of the forum should mainly be Chinese and foreign postdoctoral scholars whose postdoctoral projects are underway or completed recently, but doctoral students close to finishing their degree programs and young scholars under 40 years old are also considered.
  2. Scholars interested in participating in the forum should submit their current c.v., an abstract of 300-500 words (to include paper topic, principal sources of information, and main arguments), and contact information before April 30.  Before the end of May, a selection committee of 14 established Chinese and foreign scholars will complete preliminary selection from the submitted paper proposals and send out notifications requesting prospective panelists to complete their papers.
  3. The selected papers must be completed and submitted before August 31.  Papers in Chinese should not exceed 20,000 words and should follow the style of Lishi Yanjiu.  Papers in English should not exceed 10,000 words and should follow the style of Journal of Cold War Studies.  The selection committee will complete the final round of selection and send out formal invitations to authors before the end of September.
  4. After the forum, the best of the papers will be selected and published in a special issue of Lengzhan Guojishi Yanjiu ( Cold War international history studies) of the Center for Cold War International History Studies, East China Normal University, or they will be recommended for publication in Huadong Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Journal of East China Normal University, social science edition) or other reputable scholarly journals.

III. Expenses

  1. International and domestic travel: the organizers of the forum will cover the expenses for international travel and local transportation of the experts and young scholars from abroad, and the expenses for domestic travel and local transportation of the experts (economy class for flight or high-speed train) and young scholars (high-speed train or hard-bed train).
  2. Lodging: the organizers of the forum will cover all the expenses.

For conference papers, contact Liang Zhi,
For financial matters, contact Zhou Na,
For other issues related to the forum, contact Chen Bo,