Call for Papers

4-6 September, 2014

Villa Madruzzo, Trento


Università di Trento, LSE IDEAS-Cold War Studies Programme, European University Institute, Università Roma Tre, Universität Wien, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM), Sciences Po, and the University of East Anglia are jointly convening the Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 4-6 September 2014.

The Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy, to name only a few.

The School consists of workshops and panel sessions focused on submitted research papers, debates on historiographical and methodology, as well as practical sessions on publishing and academic careers. The school offers an informal atmosphere in which new ideas and research directions can be shared and debated, be it in panel sessions, or over coffee and meals. 

The school has a very high student to faculty ratio (2:1) allowing participants to have in depth discussions about their research with established scholars in the field. The faculty includes prominent scholars, among others:

  • Sara Lorenzini (Università di Trento)
  • Piers Ludlow (LSE)
  • Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia)
  • Leopoldo Nuti (Università Roma Tre)
  • Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po)
  • Silvio Pons (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
  • Svetozar Rajak (LSE)
  • Oliver Rathkolb (Universität Wien)
  • Federico Romero (EUI)
  • Antonio Varsori (Università di Padova)
  • Arne Westad (LSE)
  • Vladislav Zubok (LSE)
  • Application Guidance

PhD students and early career researchers (no more than 3 years from PhD completion) are invited to submit proposals. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that make use of newly available primary sources and innovative methodologies. Papers should not exceed 7,000 words (including citations in Chicago style). At the School, each participant will give a 15 minute presentation (in English) followed by discussion with the faculty and students. The best paper will be given the opportunity to publish in Cold War History. 

Applicants should submit a 300 word abstract and a brief academic CV (in a single PDF document and in English. The CV must make clear the applicants nationality and stage of PhD or research). Please send these to Wes Ullrich at by 11 April 2014. Please note in the subject line of your email "CW Summer School 2014-YourLastName". Notification of acceptance will be made by late-May 2014. Successful applicants will be expected to email their papers by 16 August 2014. Please note that preference is given to those who have not previously attended.

The accepted students will provide for their own travelling expenses to and from Trento and pay a €200 registration fee. (The fee will cover accommodation and all meals at Villa Madruzzo).  This year two scholarships of up to €500 will be offered towards travel costs for students who have presented outstanding papers. The best paper will be recommended for publication in Cold War History (subject to the normal review process).