Louis Porter, 'International Civil Servants by Day: The Cold War of Everyday Life in the UNESCO Secretariat, 1956-1967'

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November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Louis Porter

This presentation will focus on a chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the 1950s and 1960s. It presents a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. Detailing the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Soviet professionals recruited by the state as part of a broader Soviet campaign to challenge Western domination of UN administrations, the chapter investigates how these specialists interpreted their foreign work environment by creatively appropriating Soviet narratives of international affairs at that time.

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

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