02.03.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Conference on UNESCO and the Cold War

A conference on UNESCO’s links with the Cold War, organized by the International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project, will be hosted by the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCAS), University of Heidelberg, (Germany) on 4-5 March 2010.

The Symposium, which is part of a cycle of conferences on the history of UNESCO, will address a number of issues, such as the influence of the Cold War on UNESCO, and the role the Organization was able to play in easing tensions between the two opposing blocs.


            Following an opening message from UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, the conference will be divided into four sessions: UNESCO and the Member States – in the turmoil of the Cold War; Engaging the Other Side of the “Iron Curtain”; In the Struggle for Peace and Mutual Understanding; UNESCO: a Platform for Promoting Culture, Science, and Education.


            A number of eminent historians will take part in the two-day meeting, including Ilya Gaiduk (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia), Robert Frank (University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France) and Ibrahima Thioub (Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal). The conference will kick off with presentations by Françoise Rivière, Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO; Jean-François Sirinelli, Director of the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris (France) and President of the International Scientific Committee for the UNESCO History Project; and Detlef Junker, Founding Director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.

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