Humboldt University Berlin | Winter Semester 2017/18

Thu, 10/26/2017, 12:00 am to Thu, 2/8/2018, 12:00 am
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
Hörsaal 1072
10117 Berlin


Please use entrance Universitätsstraße.

Program as pdf download (in German). 

The lectures begin at 6.15 p.m.

No admission fee.

Registration not required.



Logo: Siegel der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU)


This lecture series explores the many attempts at moderating and containing the global Cold War. Focusing on the superpowers, their allies, the non-aligned states and diverse non-governmental organizations, prominent experts from Germany and around the world will examine different models of political conflict moderation and present new findings from the area of historical emotion studies. In six lectures and two panel discussions it will become clear that the Cold War was far more than a history of conflict, crisis and escalation. It was precisely the multiple returns to the precipice that sparked the search for alternatives. Indeed, the non-violent end of the systemic confrontation from 1989 to 1991 would have been unthinkable without that search's longer-term effects. In light of today's renewed emergence of mutual threats and accompanying anxiety and blackmail attempts in international relations, this view of the Cold War is once again a matter of special interest.

The lecture series is hosted by the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Humboldt University Berlin. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Prof. Dr. BERND GREINER (Hamburg/Berlin)
America First. Henry Kissingers Kritik an Vertrauensbildung und Diplomatie                    

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Dr. ARVID SCHORS (Freiburg)
Die SALT-Verhandlungen: Atomare Rüstungskontrolle als Frage des Vertrauens

Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Prof. Dr. SUSANNE SCHATTENBERG (Bremen)
Leonid Breschnew und die Kunst, Vertrauen zu gewinnen

Monday, December 4, 2017 | Hörsaal 2097
Ending the Cold War: Personal Diplomacy of Gorbachev, Reagan and Bush

Panel discussion 
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Dr. REINHILD KREIS (Mannheim) & Dr. REINHARD KRUMM (Wien)
„Wer miteinander redet, schießt nicht aufeinander“ – Kommunikation und Vertrauen in Europa

Panel discussion 
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | Botschafter WOLFGANG ISCHINGER (München/Berlin) & Dr. MATTHIAS PETER (Berlin) & OSZE-Botschafter EBERHARD POHL (Wien)
Institutionalisiertes Vertrauen: Der KSZE-Prozess

Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Prof. Dr. MARIE-JANINE CALIC (München/Berlin)
Tito und die Politik „aktiver friedlicher Koexistenz“ im Kalten Krieg

Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Dr. ALISON KRAFT (Berlin)
Pugwash and the two Germanies, 1955-1967: Trust between Scientists as Political Resource?*

* in English

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