CfP: 7th Hermann Weber Conference on Historical Research of Communism

Call for papers, deadline 30 January 2024

Under the title " War between Comrades: Unity, Division and Disintegration in the Communist World Movement since 1945," the 7th Hermann Weber Conference will be held from 27-29 March 2025 in Cologne, Germany. The organizers are Prof. Dr. Felix Wemheuer (Chair of Modern China Studies at the University of Cologne) and Prof. Dr. Lorenz Lüthi (McGill University, Montreal) in cooperation with the "Yearbook for Historical Research of Communism", funded by the Gerda-und-Hermann-Weber-Foundation affiliated with The Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany.

With the beginning of the Cold War, the Soviet leadership proclaimed the theory of the division of the world into two opposing camps: one socialist and one capitalist. By the mid-1960s, the dream of the unity of the socialist camp and the creation of a closed socialist economic area with a solidary division of labor was over. The organizers welcome both micro-level case studies on the topic of "war between comrades" and articles that attempt to show larger contexts regarding the world communist movement, geopolitics, global economy and transnational transfer of ideas. Proposals (max. 300 words) in German or English and a short bio should be sent by 30 January 2024 to the following address: felix.wemheuer[at]

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