From 20 April 2017 11:30 to 21 April 2017 14:00

Workshop '1989 and the West. New Perspectives on the Consequences of the End of the Cold War'

Val van de Berlijnse Muur (1989). Bron: Wikimedia Commons
The Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). Bron: Wikimedia Commons

Dr Pepijn Corduwener (Political History) and Dr Eleni Braat (History of International Relations) will organise a workshop on the theme ‘1989 and the West. New Perspectives on the Consequences of the End of the Cold War’ on 20 and 21 April 2017.

The workshop aims to offer new perspectives on how the end of the Cold War affected and formed the states of Western Europe. Most scholarly attention dedicated to the change of Europe's political map after the Cold War has been devoted to understand of the end of the Cold War affected the former Eastern bloc. Often, this has been understood in terms of the eastern halve of the continent finally ‘joining’ Europe, meaning the West. Yet Europe’s western halve was by no means a ‘static’ model whose domestic and international systems were unaffected by the end of the Cold War.

How did the Cold War affect the West?

The ‘end of history’ thesis which saw the end of the Cold War in terms of a Western victory has long been questioned, but no overarching narrative has replaced it, leaving the question still open on how the end of the Cold War affected the West. This workshop is dedicated to that question. Most obviously, the Fall of the Berlin Wall brought an end to the existence of Western European communist parties; gave a stimulus to European integration; changed the balance of power in the European Union; altered the face of social democracy; and caused an overhaul of the intelligence and security apparatus. Yet also other, and less obvious, dimensions of the consequences of the end of the Cold War for the West might be explored.


Thursday 20 April
11:30 - 12:15

Registration and light lunch.

12:15 - 12:45

Welcome and Introduction ‘1989 and the West’ by Eleni Braat and Pepijn Corduwener

Location: Drift 23, zaal 113

12:45 - 14:15

Panel 1: a New Germany in a New Europe

Chair: Eleni Braat

Discussant: Jacco Pekelder (Utrecht University)

Location: Drift 23, zaal 113

  • Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli (University of Salento/Ruhr University) - ‘The New German Power and the Future of the European Union’
  • Christian Wicke (Utrecht University) - 'Western and Eastern nationalism, the normalization of German identity and the end of the Cold War'
  • Adam Seipp (Texas A&M University) - ‘The View from Benjamin-Franklin Strasse: Politics, Society, and Conversion in Western Germany, 1989-1995’
14:15 - 14:45


14:45 - 16:15

Panel 2: Neoliberalism in and Beyond the Nation State

Chair: Pepijn Corduwener

Discussant: Annelien de Dijn (University of Amsterdam)

Location: Drift 23, zaal 113

  • Stefan Couperus (University of Groningen) - ‘Rethinking Urban Governance in Western Europe after the Cold War’
  • Anaïs van Ertvelde (Leiden University) - ‘But Belgium takes excellent care of its handicapped citizens!’ Rethinking the end of the Cold War in Western Europe through Rethinking Disability’
  • Bram Mellink & P.W. Zuidhof (University of Amsterdam) - ‘Market government. Neoliberalism and the transformative power of 1989’
16:30 - 18:00

Keynote lecture, ‘The Return of Fascism in Europe’

By: Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Discussant: Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University)

Location: Achter Sint Pieter 200, Raadzaal

Friday 21 April
09:00 - 10:30

Panel 3: Remaking Europe after 1989

Chair: Eleni Braat

Discussant: Mathieu Segers (Maastricht University)

Location: Drift 21, 003

  • Frank Gerits (University of Amsterdam) - ‘The European Union and Democratic versus Authoritarian Development Models’
  • Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez (New University of Lisbon) - ‘Forward looking European integration correlations between EC/EU's Eastward Enlargement and the Free Movement of Persons in the nineties’
  • Laurien Crump (Utrecht University) - ‘A missed opportunity for a new Europe? The end of the Cold War and its consequences for Western European relations with Russia’
10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:30

Panel 4: Populism and identity politics after the Cold War

Chair: Pepijn Corduwener

Discussant: Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam)

Location: Drift 21, Room 003

  • Nicolaas Kraft van Ermel (University of Groningen) - ‘Historikerstreit 2.0: The European Consensus on History and the Bloodlands Controversy’
  • Ben Gook (University of Erfurt) - ‘The Disaffected — An Emblem of Europe after 1989?’
  • Jesper Vespermark Køber (University of Copenhagen) - ‘A Revolt against Consensus: Danish Populism and Postwar Democracy’
  • Hanco Jürgens (Germany Institute Amsterdam) - ‘The Lure of Belonging in a Seemingly Boundless World: The Netherlands 1985 -2005’
12:30 - 13:00

Closing Remarks

13:00 - 14:00


Start date and time
20 April 2017 11:30
End date and time
21 April 2017 14:00