An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War

Collective imaginations of nuclear warfare were a central battleground of the Cold War, fought through war-games and fictitious scenarios.

This panel debate explores the ‘imaginary Cold War’, from how specific media and national cultures created it to the implications for our understanding of the Cold War and the atomic bomb.


  • Eirini Karamouzi - Chair

  • Ann Sherif, Professor of Japanese, Oberlin College

  • Matthew Grant, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Essex – @mgrnt

  • Benjamin Ziemann, Professor of Modern German History, University of Sheffield

Event information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

This event will be live-tweeted. Follow @CulturesColdWar and join the debate on Twitter using #ImaginaryWar

This event will be recorded, with a podcast available following the event.


17 October 2016, 5.00pm - 6.30pm


Jessop West (G.03)

The University of Sheffield