The East in the West: Cold War Cultural Cooperation and Cultural Globalization in the 1970s

Thursday, July 9, 2015
H201 (28 rue des Saints-Pères)
Theodora Dragostinova , Ohio State University
In the 1970s, the Cold War global order underwent dynamic changes associated with economic instability, political crises, grassroots activism, and anti-colonial struggles, which exacerbated the ideological competition between East and West. However, parallel processes of cultural globalization challenged the rigidity of this competition as cultural exchange experienced a renewed importance in the context of Ostpolitik and Helsinki. Examining communist Bulgaria's cultural activities in a variety of countries in the 'capitalist West' from the mid-1970s on, this paper emphasizes changing perceptions of East and West in the post-Helsinki world.