16 The Cold War: An ideological confrontation that marked the end of history?


Curators at Kurant, Camilla Fagerli and Maria Danielsen are organizing an art project in the former military submarine base Olavsvern. This seminar and discussion will function as a starting point of the artistic process.

10:00 Introduction by the curators

10:30 Jacob Børresen
Former Commodore in the Royal Norwegian Navy with a background from service as a commander of submarines and frigates, and as a planner and director of exercises and operations, nationally and in NATO. He is the author of numerous books and publications on strategy, defence- and security policy in Norway and internationally.

Jacob will give a description of the political relationship between Norway and the Soviet Union during the Cold War from a Norwegian perspective. He will talk about the geopolitical and military strategic factors that dominated a superpower confrontation in what we today call the Barents region, and which constituted the framework that circumscribed Soviet-Norwegian relations during the Cold War.

11:30 Åsne Ø. Høgetveit
Ph.d-student at the University in Tromsø in the field of Russian Studies. Her project is about womens status in the Russian societal space, how a notion of a moral vertical influences women status, and how this is traceable in film. She has taken both her bachelors- and masters degree at UiT in the field of Russian Studies.

Like all wars the Cold War was more than just a conflict between two military powers. It was a clash of ideologies. What kind of traces did this leave in the culture? Åsne will concentrate about Russian culture, and address common questions and myths about propaganda and dissidents.

12:30 Lunch break

13:30 Kjell M. Lutnes
Former Deputy Chief of Air Operation in the Allied Forces of Northern Europe, Base Commander at Ørland Air Base, Commander of Allied and National Air Forces in Northern Norway, Director of the Norwegian Aviation Museum and currently working on re- and declassification of Armed Forces Archives.

Kjell will try to give us an insight and feeling of the atmosphere of the Cold War from a personal point of view. He is a representative of the ones who stood in the middle of, and felt the gust from the Cold War directly.

14:30 Tor Ivar Hanstad
Philosopher and lecturer at the university of Tromsø who has worked immensely on the implications of the Cold War.

Hanstad will talk about the teleological dimension of the Cold War and how it structured and shaped the so far most encompassing ideological struggle in history. The aftermath of the Cold War, which Fukuyama famously termed "the end of history", brought a set of new problems, and Hanstad will also reflect upon the post-Cold War condition and what he claims is the nihilistic character that especially has characterized the West. Finally, he will address the question on whether a strategy of anti-nihilism is possible.

Questions and discussion are welcomed!
Photo: Vemund Thoe