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In ricordo del Prof. Ennio Di Nolfo

By Flavia Gasbarri | settembre 10, 2016

La scomparsa di Ennio Di Nolfo, Prof. Leopoldo Nuti, Presidente della SiSi

Le lezioni del Maestro Di Nolfo agli storici e agli intellettuali italiani, Prof. Antonio Donno, Il Foglio, 9 Settembre 2016

1930-2016. Morto lo storico Ennio Di Nolfo, Antonio Carioti, Il Corriere della Sera, 9 settembre 2016.

Addio a Di Nolfo, il docente sedotto dall’attualità, Massimo Vanni, La Repubblica, 8 settembre 2016

Morto Ennio Di Nolfo, tra i massimi studiosi di storia delle relazioni internazionali, Raffaello Binelli, Il Giornale, 8 settembre 2016

Morto a 86 anni il prof. Ennio Di Nolfo, storico delle Relazioni Internazionali, La Nazione, 8 settembre 2016

Di Nolfo, storico allergico al pensiero convenzionale, Mauro Campus, Il Sole 24 Ore, 9 settembre 2016

Topics: Uncategorized | Commenti disabilitati

La scomparsa del Prof. Ennio Di Nolfo

By Flavia Gasbarri | settembre 8, 2016

Ieri in tarda serata è venuto a mancare Ennio Di Nolfo, Presidente e fondatore del Centro Interuniversitario Machiavelli. Per noi che con lui abbiamo studiato e lavorato è stato un esempio di passione per la ricerca, di continua sfida a rinnovarsi e a cambiare, di capacità di coniugare il rigore del metodo con l’immaginazione e la fantasia. E’ stato soprattutto, fino all’ultimo momento, un esempio impareggiabile di coraggio e di dignità. Ci stringiamo affettuosamente alla Signora Alessandra e alle figlie Isabella e Federica nel ricordo forte e struggente del maestro.

Gli Allievi

La camera ardente sarà allestita sabato 10 settembre dalle ore 10:00 alle ore 18:00 presso la Fondazione di Studi Storici Filippo Turati in via Buonarroti 12, a Firenze

Topics: Uncategorized | Commenti disabilitati

By Flavia Gasbarri | novembre 2, 2016

2017 Nuclear History Boot Camp

Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the seventh-annual Nuclear History Boot Camp is an initiative of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). The continued proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the most pressing security issues of our time–NPIHP’s Nuclear History Boot Camp is an intensive, ten-day immersion in the history of nuclear matters ranging from the evolution of nuclear technology to the origins and development of deterrence theory and nuclear strategy through the historical roots of today’s global nuclear landscape.

Thematic seminars led by world-class historians and leading experts will:
1) Fully immerse participants in the world of nuclear history research,
2) Explore the international history behind today’s nuclear challenges,
3) Foster discussions of the presentations that each participant will offer based on their current research.

NPIHP’s summer 2017 Nuclear History Boot Camp will be hosted by the University of Roma Tre and the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies (CIMA) at a former ACE HIGH NATO communications relay site in the village of Allumiere near Rome, Italy for ten days, June 15th-June 25th
Participants will receive full tuition and round-trip airfare to Rome as well as accommodations and meals during the boot camp.

Specifically targeted at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the summer 2017 Nuclear History Boot Camp is open to:
1) Students enrolled in or who have been accepted to a Ph.D. program in international relations, history, political science and related fields,
2) Especially students who are working towards or considering a thesis on nuclear matters.
3) Applicants who have completed their M.A. degree and are considering a Ph.D. in any of the above fields will also be considered.

How to Apply
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, November 23rd.
Required application materials include:
1) A brief resume or CV (maximum 2 pages).
2) A letter of recommendation from a professor, supervisor or senior professional colleague who knows you well. (Only one letter please)
3) A brief abstract (maximum 200 words) of your current academic research.
4) A statement of purpose (approximately 1 page or 400-600 words in length) describing how participating in the Nuclear History Boot Camp would contribute to the achievement of your personal, professional or academic goals.
5) A completed application cover sheet.

All application materials must be in English. Please submit each required document as a separate PDF file. Completed applications and letters of recommendation and questions should be emailed to nuclearbootcamp@uniroma3.it

Topics: 01 Call for Papers, 02 Conferences and Seminars, 05 Master and Schools, Atomic Energy Issues | Commenti disabilitati

Call for Proposal – East-West Cultural Relations: Interplay of Arts and Cultural Diplomacy, 1945-2017

By Flavia Gasbarri | settembre 14, 2016

Call for Proposals

East-West Cultural Relations: Interplay of Arts and Cultural Diplomacy, 1945-2017

February 24-25, 2017, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Keynote lectures by Boris Gasparov (Columbia University) and Giles Scott-Smith (Leiden University)

Scholars and practitioners interested in cultural diplomacy are invited to submit proposals for papers and for panels that address East-West cultural relations—either from historical or contemporary points of view. In this conference, ‘East’ and ‘West’ are broadly understood as the Eastern and Western parts of Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union.

East-West Cultural Relations seeks to strengthen the research of cultural exchanges across national borders. It explores and raises awareness of the state of cultural relations and diplomacy between Eastern and Western Europe. The conference aims to reflect on the East-West cultural connections from the Second World War to today. Its main focus is on artistic movements and exchanges between (and possibly within) the East and West.

Important background information is revealed through the current situation in which cultural exchanges are becoming more difficult—especially under strained relations between Russia and the EU. Furthermore, facilitating the transnational mobility of artworks and artists at a time of diminishing public support is increasingly challenging, underlining the need to reflect on the development of cultural interactions in Europe. The rise of nationalist discourse throughout Europe also challenges the shared cultural heritage and history of Eastern and Western Europe, which calls the benefits of cultural exchange into question.

The primary goal of this two-day conference is to serve scholarly needs, but also to encourage collaboration and foster dialogues between scholars and cultural diplomacy practitioners. We invite proposals for papers, panels, seminars and workshops that address themes including but not limited to:

• How have artistic relations evolved in Europe since the beginning of the Cold War?

• How has cultural diplomacy developed in an East-West setting since the beginning of the Cold War? What are the aims of cultural diplomatic actions?

• What is the state of cultural relations between the East and West today? What are the current challenges and needs? Are there any historical precedents for the current situation?

• What kinds of relationships or dialogues have existed between cultural diplomacy and artistic interactions and art practices in the East and West?

• How can scholarship on cultural exchanges help practitioners—e.g. diplomats, administrators and art professional?

Over the course of this two-day conference, scholars will share their research findings, offer examples of cutting-edge approaches and engage in dynamic discussions that will help nurture intercultural dialogue and bridge scholarly and practical question.

Learn more: ewcr2017.wordpress.com also in twitter: #EastWest2017

Proposal materials must be submitted by 24.10.2016. Please send all materials to ewcr2017@gmail.com. Accepted proposals will be notified by 4.11.2016. Materials intended for pre-circulation should be received no later than 31.1.2017. The conference has no participation fee. Also, few scholarships will be offered for presenters arriving from countries of lower income. Contact ewcr2017@gmail.com for any questions.

Conference is hosted by Simo Mikkonen, the Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä. Conference is part of the project Trauma & Revival coordinated by the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR) and receives EU-funding from Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Topics: 01 Call for Papers | Commenti disabilitati

Billington Fellowship – Application

By Flavia Gasbarri | aprile 6, 2016

Billington Fellowship
Type: Fellowship

Mar 29, 2016 to May 20, 2016

Deadline: May 20, 2016

The Kennan Institute seeks applicants from scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years for the newly established Billington Fellowship to conduct research on Russian history and culture. The Billington Fellowship was established in 2016 in tribute to the co-founder of the Kennan Institute, Director Emeritus of the Wilson Center, and Librarian Emeritus of Congress, James H. Billington. Dr. Billington has made enduring contributions to the field of Russian Studies, and in our nation’s ability to understand and maintain bridges of dialogue with the Russian people. He is not only the author of The Icon and the Axe (1966), Fire in the Minds of Men (1980), and Russia in Search of Itself (2004), among other seminal works; he is the visionary behind the Open World Leadership Center, which has facilitated the travel of over 24,000 individuals from Eurasia to the United States to meet with members of Congress and visit across the United States.

The Billington Fellow will be based at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. for a nine-month term (one academic year). Fellows will receive access to the Library of Congress, National Archives, and policy research centers in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to meet with key experts and officials at the State Department, USAID, Department of Defense, and Congress. While conducting research, the Billington Fellow will be expected to actively participate in discussions with the policy and academic communities. These discussions can be in the form of speaking engagements at the Wilson Center and potentially outside of Washington D.C., as well as attending meetings, conferences, and other activities organized by the Kennan Institute and the Wilson Center. Upon completion of the fellowship, the Billington Fellow will join our growing list of alumni, for whom the Kennan Institute will continue to offer opportunities for collaboration and engagement.

Applicants for the Billington Fellowship must hold a Ph.D. awarded within the past 10 years. Preference will be given to proposed research in the fields of Russian history and culture. There is no citizenship restriction on this grant.

The Billington Fellowship offers a monthly stipend of $3,500, research facilities, a research intern, and computer access. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the grant. Awardees are expected to begin their appointments within six months of accepting the fellowship.

The deadline for this competition is May 20, 2016. To apply, please complete the attached application form according to the instructions and submit by email to: kennan@wilsoncenter.org

Please note that the application form calls for two letters of recommendation for the proposed research. Instructions for obtaining and sending reference letters are on the application form.

The Billington Fellowship is made possible through generous private support to the Billington Initiative at the Kennan Institute.

Topics: 03 Fellowships and Grants | Commenti disabilitati

European Summer School on Cold War History 2016

By Flavia Gasbarri | febbraio 25, 2016

Topics: 01 Call for Papers, Uncategorized | Commenti disabilitati

Workshop – Studying Italy from abroad

By Flavia Gasbarri | febbraio 4, 2016

Topics: 02 Conferences and Seminars | Commenti disabilitati

2016 Nuclear Boot Camp

By Flavia Gasbarri | gennaio 21, 2016

Topics: 01 Call for Papers | Commenti disabilitati

Call for paper – The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989

By Flavia Gasbarri | gennaio 20, 2016

Call for Papers

The Smaller European Powers and China in the Cold War, 1949-1989

18-19 November 2016, University of Lausanne

Organizers: Sandra Bott, Claude Hauser, Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, Marco Wyss

Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies | History Department, University of Lausanne Department of History and Politics, University of Chichester | Department of Contemporary History, University of Fribourg

This international conference aims to examine the policies of the smaller European powers towards China – and vice versa – during the Cold War. Thereby it focuses, on the European side, on both Western and Eastern Europe – regardless of whether a country was part of the NATO or the Warsaw Pact. Meanwhile, on the Chinese side, the conference proposes to include both Chinas, namely the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (RoC). While this should allow for the analysis of different relational constellations, the chronological framework – that ranges from the Communist victory in China in 1949 to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989 – should enable us to identify policy shifts and patterns.

With the establishment of the PRC and, especially, its direct confrontation with the United States during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, the Cold War had definitely arrived in East Asia, and China henceforth became a major actor in the global East-West rivalry. Yet research on China’s Cold War has largely focused on Sino-US and Sino-Soviet relations, or on China’s engagements in the Third World. As for Europe’s interaction with China during this period, the role played by the major Western European powers – Britain, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany – has so far been privileged. This conference, by contrast, intends to bring the smaller European powers into the global picture, by analysing their position towards and role within the policies of both the PRC and RoC. The smaller European nations, not as directly or as extensively involved in big power relations, had some – albeit often limited – leeway in designing an independent foreign policy toward China. The question thus arises whether alternative diplomatic and/or cultural ties were established between these nations and China, whether trade and investment became more intense or on the contrary diminished, or if security relations took on distinctive contours. The extent to which Eastern European states forged their policies according to Moscow’s will is one of the problems addressed by this conference, as is the question of whether smaller European powers on the other side of the Iron Curtain simply followed in the footsteps of London or Paris or developed their own independent foreign policy toward Beijing or Taipei. While there has been sporadic and punctual research on the relationship of smaller European powers with China, our aim is to bring both early career and established researchers together to offer a broader and, especially, comparative analysis.

The organisers welcome innovative proposals that reflect on the political incentives and challenges that influenced the foreign policies and strategies of the lesser Western and Eastern European powers towards China – and vice versa – and situate them in the larger context of the global Cold War. Papers that focus not only on diplomatic sources, but also include sources from economic, political, social, and cultural interest groups and organisations, are particularly welcome. Interactions with Beijing and Taipei are broadly defined, in order to allow for an understanding of the mutual and multifaceted interests that contributed to the development of relations of various kinds: economic, military, political, and cultural exchanges, contacts, and cooperation; know-how and technology transfers.

Possible topics could, for instance, include:

- Political, economic and security ties

- Trade and development

- Education, science, and technology

- Cultural and ideological dimensions and exchanges

- Arms transfers, military assistance, and conflict/war

Brief proposals (350 words max.), accompanied by a short CV, should be sent to Marco Wyss (M.Wyss@chi.ac.uk) by 31 March 2016. The conference language is English. The selected participants will be informed by the end of April. Selected papers will form the basis of a peer-reviewed publication.

Topics: 01 Call for Papers | Commenti disabilitati

2016 SHAFR Summer Institute in the Netherlands- “Culture, Propaganda, and Intelligence in Foreign Relations”

By Flavia Gasbarri | dicembre 14, 2015

“Culture, Propaganda, and Intelligence in Foreign Relations”

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), in partnership with the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA), invites proposals for the SHAFR Summer Institute, to be held June 27 to July 2 at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. The Institute will be timed so that participants may attend both the annual SHAFR conference in San Diego and the TSA conference at the University of Plymouth (UK). Participants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to attend one or both conferences, and the TSA conference fee will be waived for Institute participants.

The Institute will focus on the use of propaganda, intelligence, and culture as lenses through which to reconsider broader approaches to international and transnational history. Emphasizing the role of government security and information agencies, state-private networks, and non-state and transnational actors, the institute will explore the interconnectedness of public and private, domestic and international, state and non-state. Participants will work with each other and the organizers in a series of research workshops to refine and enhance the analytical framework of a significant research project, ideally (but not exclusively) oriented toward publication of a first book. In addition, the Institute will include professional development sessions and an active-learning pedagogical workshop on the theme of historical memory that will take place at a local site of historical significance.

Objectives of the Institute include: (1) enhance the analytical complexity of on-going research; (2) internationalize SHAFR by building connections between American, European, and other international scholars; (3) promote collaborative international and transnational research networks; (4) share knowledge, archival sources, and research techniques in intelligence and propaganda history.

The Institute is designed for advanced graduate students and early career faculty members in history from around the world, with roughly half the participants coming from North America. All sessions and readings will be in English. Participants will be expected to do some collaborative online work prior to the Institute, and submit a draft chapter-length portion of their research projects by March 15, 2016. Each participant will be provided free accommodation and a stipend sufficient to offset major travel expenses. In addition, the TSA conference fee will be waived for Institute participants.

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2016. Applications should include the following as a single PDF file: one-page curriculum vitae; one-page abstract of the research project to be presented at the Institute, including a brief description of the significance of the project and its source base; and a cover page listing current contact information, institutional affiliation, title of proposed research project, and short answers to the following questions: (1) What are your publication plans for your research project, and what is a realistic timeline for completion? (2) What journal article or book chapter had the greatest impact on your research interests, methods, or ideas? Briefly explain, and provide a complete citation. Please do not cite the Institute organizers. (3) Optional: How will you combine your travel to this Institute with archival research in Europe or participation at the TSA conference? (4) Optional: applicants who can contribute their own funding to subsidize their participation in the Institute should identify the funding source and amount. Applicants should send these materials as a single PDF file to: shafr2016@gmail.com (link sends e-mail). A letter of recommendation should also be sent by the recommender (typically dissertation advisor) directly to this email address. Questions about the institute are welcome and may be directed to the email address above.

The Institute will be led by Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS, University of London), Giles Scott-Smith (University of Leiden), and Hugh Wilford (California State University, Long Beach).

Topics: Uncategorized | Commenti disabilitati

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