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Slavic Studies in International Scientific Organizations during the Global Cold War and after

Sat, December 8, 8:00 to 9:45am, Boston Marriott Copley Place, 3rd, Tufts

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With the onset of the Cold War, the ‘East’ was about to define and to position socialist coun-tries as collective actors in the international relations of the new world order. At the same time, the need to produce reliable knowledge about the world behind the Iron Curtain in the ‘West’ grew. In this constellation, the notion of an ‘Eastern bloc’ was coined, which included large parts of the Slavic world. However, on both sides the history and culture of the Slavs was studied not only on national levels but also in international scientific organizations. This panel takes a closer look at three of them: UNESCO, the International Commission for Slavic History (CIEHS), and the International Association for the Study and Dissemination of Slav Cultures (IASDSC). The panel specifically focuses on: (a) the ‘Slavic’ content in the scientific activities of these organizations; (b) the ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ actors in the process of knowledge production, and (c) the interaction among them.

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