Out now!


Collected volume on presentations heard in the conference in 2017 has now been published! The volume tackles the problem of Cold War cultural diplomacy by focusing on individuals and organizations in the fields of visual arts, literature, higher education, music and more. The organizers of the conference Simo Mikkonen and Jari Parkkinen got invaluable help from Giles Scott-Smith in editing the work, and the volume features his keynote speech in an article form as well. The editors would like to thank all the contributors and the publisher De Gruyter Oldenbourg for inspiring and seamless collaboration!

You can find more information about the book on publisher’s website: https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/496998?fbclid=IwAR08q-MWYlmrIwk7iP1-cgG43fQi4wRmRrrFUdOU550ybV2jYzzOOOMsSfA



New book coming out soon!

Simo Mikkonen, Giles Scott-Smith, Jari Parkkinen (eds.)

Entangled East and West:
Cultural Diplomacy and Artistic Interaction during the Cold War

We are happy to announce that a new book including articles from the presentations of the EWCR conference is coming out in December 2018! It will be published in the series Rethinking Cold War by De Gruyter Oldenbourg.


Publication plans

It became clear during the conference that the event offers a possibility to put together a high-quality collected volume of the papers presented.  There was interest also on behalf of the presenters to write an article on the basis of their presentations (in fact, several times more than to a single volume could be included), and thus a publication can be expected to come out in 2018.

Information about the book’s publication schedule will be updated here, so keep following!

Thank you!

Thank you all once again! Keynotes professors Gasparov, Scott-Smith, roundtable participants Hannu Himanen and Diego Marani, all the speakers, assistants, audience and cafeteria staff – thanks to you we had an extremely interesting and smoothly running event! Pictures will be uploaded to Facebook and home page later, so stay tuned!

The weather

This winter has been exceptionally warm in Finland, and there is less snow than probably ever at this point of winter. Luckily, there is snow, which makes the surroundings look much nicer.

For the next week, the temperatures are predicted to move around -10 degrees. Currently it looks like that it won’t get colder, but it is hard to predict the weather here in Finland. There should be reliable weather broadcasts for the duration of the conference by the beginning of the week.

For those coming from warmer countries, remember to dress up in layers and have shoes that are not too slippery on icy streets.

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Source of the picture: Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Concluding roundtable on Saturday at 16:30

We are very honored to have the former Ambassador of Finland to Russia Hannu Himanen, officer in charge of cultural diplomacy in EEAS Diego Marani and Professor Boris Gasparov in the concluding roundtable on Saturday (25 Feb) at 16:30. They will discuss the outcomes of the event and the current situation of cultural cooperation and diplomacy between East and West.