2011 Webb-Smith Essay Competition “Transnational Perspectives”

The University of Texas in Arlington announces the 2011 Webb-Smith Essay Competition
as part of the 46th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures March 10, 2011
$500 each for the best research essays on

on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991

The winning essays will be published in a forthcoming volume of the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series,
published by Texas A&M Press, along with essays by the lecturers:
Michael David-Fox & Marsha Siefert
Volume edited by Patryk Babiracki and Kenyon Zimmer with an introduction by Vladislav Zubok

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2011
Send submissions to: Jennifer S. Lawrence (jlawrenc@exchange.uta.edu), Chair of the Webb Lectures Committee

We invite students and scholars to submit essays that explore the problem of movements of people, goods, and ideas across the Bloc’s internal and external boundaries. Essays should be no more than 10,000 words plus endnotes and should be original unpublished, and in English. Geographically, submissions dealing with any combination of links between the Soviet Union, the East European “people’s democracies” and the broader world are most welcome. Sample problems may include: scientific interactions, technology transfers, cultural influences, imaginary encounters, social or cultural consequences of transnational economic exchange, migration or displacement, travel, and issues of theory and method. Traditionally, this lecture series has brought together scholars, members of the UT Arlington community and the broader public to engage in thinking and discussion of salient historical topics. The one-day conference seeks to reject critically on the need—and opportunities—for studying flows of people, objects, and ideas across the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. In the spirit of the event, we encourage the Competition participants to engage with the growing body of scholarship that challenges the vision of the Soviet Bloc’s total isolation and internal atomization.


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