Detailed plan covering collaborative network activities during the three years – University of Copenhagen

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Detailed plan covering collaborative network activities during the three years

Oct. 2008-Sept. 2009

The first activity of the network will be an opening meeting of the Coordinating Group (11 members) in Copenhagen in late 2008 to discuss and plan in some detail the collaborative research and research training activities of the following three years. The CG plans to meet twice a year during the three years period. This first CG meeting will be funded (travel and accommodation costs) in part by a grant from the Saxo Institute, Univ. of Copenhagen (see budget). Another part of this grant will fund the preparation and set-up of the electronic Nordic Cold War History Newsletter, including payment of student assistance for updating the newsletter during the initial period. This activity will be based at the Saxo Institute, as will the official website of the network, operated by the administrative staff at the Saxo Institute.

During the first half of 2009, a research training course (2 or 3 days) for Nordic PhD students will be planned and prepared in cooperation and conjunction with the Nordic Summer School in Aug. 2009 to be held in Aarhus. Topics and contents will be divided between cultural and ideological themes and socio-political themes (security and diplomacy, at grass-root level and top-government level). Applied funding is calculated for Nordic and non-Nordic senior academic guest speakers and lecturers.

In late Spring 2009, or in early Fall 2009, a conference will be held for network members. The aim will be to attract some 50 or 60 researchers from at least the 12 now participating countries – primarily the five Nordic countries plus Estonia, with key research representatives from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. The network aims at bringing in, during 2009 (and 2010), researchers and doctoral students from one or both of the other Baltic countries as well as from Belgium, and more researchers from especially Germany and Holland. The primary aim of the 2009 conference will be to take initial stock of Cold War research in each of the participating countries, to assess the archival situation in each country and consider collaborative ways to secure maximum archival access, to chart and identify strengths and weaknesses as well as possible abundances and voids in current research, and not least to point out avenues and funding potentials for future comparative cross-national research projects. It is envisaged that travel and accommodation costs for this conference will be covered in part by the network (some 35 to 40 members), in part by the grant from the Research Priority Area of the Univ. of Copenhagen, “Europe in Transition”, and in part by the universities and research institutions of the participants.

Oct. 2009-Sept. 2010

During this year, the CG will plan two major thematically defined seminars/workshops – including themes such as domestic politics vs. foreign and security policies, trade and socio-economic welfare vs. military rearmament, public diplomacy vs. ideological warfare, détente policies top-down vs. bottom-up, the cultural Cold War and everyday life, and others – all of them in national as well as a comparative perspective. The seminars/workshops will be open to senior researchers as well as to PhD students and junior researchers, each with 20 or 30 participants. The concept will be a mix of paper and project presentations primarily by PhD students/junior researchers, and with senior academics as commentators. Specific importance will be attached to the inclusion of researchers from the Baltic and other former East Bloc countries of the network. International keynote speakers will be invited. Papers will be published either online (the Newsletter) or in major European and Cold War journals, such as the Scandinavian Journal of History and Cold War History. One of the seminars will be held in conjunction with the Nordic Summer School in 2010, and a research training workshop (1-2 days) will be organized here.

Oct. 2010-Sept. 2011

In the third and last year of the funded network period, the CG will organize, first, a thematically focused research seminar in the winter, which will primarily attract doctoral students and PostDocs. Papers for this seminar will be screened with regard to recommended presentation at the concluding conference of the network, which will be organized by the CG to be held in August 2011. The aim of this major conference is to attract not only as many members and associates of the Nordic-North/Central European network as possible, but also leading researchers and distinguished academics from the international Cold War history research community, who, along with members of the network, will be encouraged to present new research results and papers related to the Nordic countries and the North European region, West and East, during the entire Cold War period, or to other regions or themes pertaining to the overall field of interest of the network. The most significant papers from the conference will be published in a major volume which summarizes the research results of the three years of network collaboration.