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Louis Porter, ‘The Cold War of Everyday Life in the UNESCO Secretariat, 1956-1967’

February 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) under N. S. Khrushchev and L. I. Brezhnev, this paper provides a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. It investigates how these Soviet specialists from a range of backgrounds interpreted their foreign work environment by creatively appropriating Soviet narratives of international affairs in the 1950s and 1960s. Exploring the tactics employed by Soviet UNESCO workers to reconcile their oath to serve the international organization with the loyalty demanded from their Soviet homeland, the paper also assesses the extent to which these Soviet citizens were successful in their efforts to navigate the dual disciplinary regimes imposed on them by proxies of the Soviet state in Paris and a UNESCO administration governed by the norms of the bureaucracies of Western states.

Louis Porter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel


February 15, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm