Members of the Global History of UNESCO Project

Research coordinator

Poul Duedahl

Poul Duedahl, PhD. Professor with special responsibilities, Center for History, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, is head of the research project. He specializes in global history and cultural encounters with an emphasis on the historical impact of international organizations. In recent years, he has been working on analyses of the historical impact of UNESCO in relation to the concept of race and UNESCO's History of Mankind-project. Selected publications: "Selling Mankind: UNESCO and the Invention of Global History, 1945-76", Journal of World History, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2011 and "From Racial Strangers to Ethnic Minorities: On the Socio-Political Impact of UNESCO, 1945-60", in: Gregory A. Katsas (ed.), Current Issues in Sociology 2012.

Sub-projects: Routes of Science: The impact of UNESCO's mental decolonization (with Michelle Brattain) and Routes of Education: The impact of UNESCO's reeducation initiative (with Aigul Kulnazarova).

Email: duedahl@cgs.aau.dk

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Members

Jens Boel

Jens Boel is Chief Archivist of UNESCO and coordinator of the UNESCO History Project, which was launched in 2004. Project activities include a series of international conferences and the creation of a network of about 600 historians, students and scholars with an interest in the history of UNESCO and the United Nations. He is MA in history and political sciences and has published two books and a number of articles on 19th and 20th century historical and archival topics. He is former Chair of the Section of International Organizations (SIO) within the International Council on Archives (ICA) and is active in international debates on the role of archives in societies and on cooperation between historians and archivists.

Sub-project: Routes of Education: The impact of UNESCO's fundamental education initiative

Email: j.boel@unesco.org

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Aigul Kulnazarova

Aigul Kulnazarova, PhD. Professor of International Relations and International Law at the School of Global Studies of Tama University, Japan. She specializes in international law, international organizations, the United Nations, international relations, human rights and global history. Her current research is concerned with human rights and human rights education, international relations of Asian countries, and the concepts of culture and race. She has published articles, essays and book chapters on the topics of human rights, decolonization, post-war international relations of Third World nations, education, culture and race both in Russian and English.

Sub-project: Routes of Education: The impact of UNESCO’s reeducation initiative (with Poul Duedahl)

Email: Kulnazarova@tama.ac.jp

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Michelle Brattain

Michelle Brattain, PhD. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Georgia State University, USA. She specializes in 20th century US history and the history of ideas about race, and is particularly interested in the diffusion of scientific ideas through public education, popular science writing, and organizations such as UNESCO. She had an article on UNESCO’s anti-racist initiative published in the world’s most cited historical journal, the American Historical Review, in December 2007. Her current book project, Blood, Genes, History: What Race Was examines how ideas about human biology and world history influenced the scientific and popular construction of the race concept in the postwar United States.

Sub-project: Routes of Science: The impact of UNESCO’s mental decolonization (with Poul Duedahl)

Email: mbrattain@gsu.edu

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Christian Ydesen

Christian Ydesen, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, Denmark. His PhD dissertation – from the School of Education at Aarhus University and at the Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh – is about the history of educational testing in Denmark with a special emphasis on transnational connections and the impact of international organizations. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of education and intercultural education, and he has published in the prestigious journal for educational history, Paedagogica Historica.

Sub-project: Routes of Education: The impact of UNESCO's education for international understanding initiative

Email: cy@learning.aau.dk

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Ivan Lind Christensen

Ivan Lind Christensen, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, and until very recently at Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. He specializes in the history of science and scientific concepts, and science and technology studies. His PhD dissertation –from the University of Copenhagen – was about Danish health science knowledge production in historical perspective. He has published a number of articles – most recently in the journal, Social History of Medicine.

Sub-project: Routes of Science: The impact of UNESCO's atoms for peace initiative

Email: ilc@cgs.aau.dk

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Maria Sofie Simonsen

Maria Sofie Simonsen, MA (History and French). Postdoc at Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, and until very recently at Division of Book History, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Lund University, Sweden. In 2005 she received a scholarship from the Danish National Commission for UNESCO and wrote a MA thesis about UNESCO's impact on the Danish discourse on women’s political awareness, 1945-85, based on archival studies at the UNESCO Archives in Paris. Her PhD dissertation deals with the history of encyclopedias. She specializes in book history, history of education, and women's history.

Sub-project: Routes of Culture: The impact of UNESCO Publishing

Email: maria.simonsen@kultur.lu.se

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Yarong Chen

Yarong Chen, PhD Candidate, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, and until very recently at Peking University, P.R. China. Her PhD project covers the historical relations between UNESCO and China in the first formative years of the Organization’s existence, when China took a very active part in the preparation of UNESCO, which had an impact on the presence of the Organization’s basic concepts. She focuses particularly on China’s involvement in UNESCO’s work on fundamental education and scientific cooperation.

Email: chen@cgs.aau.dk

Associated members

Casper Andersen

Casper Andersen, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department for Culture and Society, University of Aarhus, Denmark specializes in the history of science and technology in imperial and global contexts. He has published extensively on governance, science and technology in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Casper Andersen’s current research project, “Modernization, Conservation and Sustainable Development: Engineering in UNESCO since 1945”, investigates engineering as techno-political expertise in the UNESCO framework. The project is sponsored by the Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication (FKK) and enjoys the benefit of close collaboration with the Global History of UNESCO Project.

Project: Modernization, Conservation and Sustainable Development: Engineering in UNESCO since 1945

Email: ideca@hum.au.dk

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Gabriela Toledo Silva

Gabriela Toledo Silva, PhD Student and Associate Researcher at the Center for Public Administration and Government, Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil. She has investigated the role of national and international organizations in the historical development of public action languages related to culture, and her Master´s thesis was on the transformation of a public museum into a shared management model with NGOs in the late 1990s. Her PhD thesis is about UNESCO´s contribution to the coining of cultural policy as a new form to talk about and perform public actions related to culture from the mid-1960s until the beginning of the 1980s. She collaborates with Global History of UNESCO project in the case study on Brazil.

Email: gabrielatoledo@gvmail.br

 

Research assistants

Contact

Contact

Research Coordinator Poul Duedahl

Kroghstraede 1, 9220 Aalborg O, Denmark

Phone: +45 9940 9141
Email: duedahl@cgs.aau.dk

Liu Zhenqi (Jessie Liu)

Liu Zhenqi (Jessie Liu), Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China.

Eleanor Bron

Eleanor Bron, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Sol Fa Pya

Sol Fa Pya, School of Global Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.

Selvi Aprianty Mardiana

Selvi Aprianty Mardiana, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ransford Lartequaye Lartey

Ransford Lartequaye Lartey, Accra, Ghana

Members of research team

 

 

 

The Global History of UNESCO Project members conducting research at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in March 2014. From left: Ivan Lind Christensen, Michelle Brattain, Poul Duedahl, Christian Ydesen, Marie Sofie Simonsen, Jens Boel, Aigul Kulnazarova, Casper Andersen and Jessie Liu.