The Socialist Internationalism Workshop will take place April 11-12, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley.
The workshop explores the social and cultural legacies of Cold War Socialist internationalism. Recent scholarship has focused on the ties between so-called Second and Third World countries since the 1950s and their prominence in international organizations, but little attention has been paid to its effects on the everyday life of people(s) around the globe. What intimate connections evolved out of development projects, cultural exchanges, political or labor migrations, international co-operations and economic aid programs during the Cold War? How did internationalism influence the social history of State Socialism and vice versa: What has been the impact of the ideology and practice of Socialist global solidarity in Africa, Latin America or Asia?
The workshop places a particular stress on bringing scholars of different historical fields and regions of the world into conversation. The format of the panels will allow for short presentations of around 10 minutes based on pre-‐circulated papers, with 10 minutes of commentary and 30 minutes of discussion. Speakers will be asked to comment not only on their own papers, but how they see it fitting with the others in their panel. The deadline for the pre-circulated papers is March 3, 2014.