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Mobility and Leisure Travel in the Cold War

7-8 December, 2017

Location: Seminar Room Pilen, Pilgatan 19A (3rd floor) University of Gothenburg, Sweden
For any questions please contact conference organizer Sune Bechmann Pedersen, sune.bechmann.pedersen@gu.se

The Centre for European Research (CERGU), University of Gothenburg is organizing a two-day workshop on mobility and leisure travel in the Cold War.

The image of Europe as divided by an impenetrable Iron Curtain is no longer accepted as accurate by historians of the Cold War. Although the communist regimes in Eastern Europe curtailed the mobility between East and West, millions of western holidaymakers still travelled behind the Iron Curtain. Tourism was one of the most significant cross-bloc interactions and served as a foreign policy tool in the Communist bloc’s pursuit of ‘peaceful coexistence’ between East and West after Stalin’s death. This conference sets out to deepen our understanding of the gradual integration of East and West during the Cold War by concentrating on the transnational circulation of individuals, idea, and goods facilitated by leisure travel. It follows up on a workshop to be held by the European Travel Cultures and Mobilities research network at the University of Amsterdam on 7–8 April 2017, co-organized by Bechmann Pedersen (Gothenburg) and Christian Noack (Amsterdam). The conference programme offers a very coherent set of papers, that are nevertheless of importance to several fields including Cold War studies, tourism, and European integration history. The planned publications resulting from the conference are therefore expected to generate a wide interest and exercise a significant impact on the understanding of mobility in the Cold War.


Sune Bechmann Pedersen

Hosted by the Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU) www.cergu.gu.se

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