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“Book Diplomacy” in the Cultural Cold War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Keynote Lecture: Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne University)
Thursday 28 April 2022 - Friday 29 April 2022
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

Books have long been an essential medium for spreading ideas and values, and this was particularly the case during the Cold War. This conference invites researchers from different disciplines and perspectives to further investigate the role and importance of books in the Cold War. Introducing a book-centered, materialist approach creates space for reconsidering the methods and consequences of how publications were sponsored, translated, distributed and received as tools of "soft power".

Part of this conference is the keynote lecture by Greg Barnhisel: 'John Rhoden and African-American Writers and Artists as Cold War Diplomats' on Friday 29 April 2022, 11.30-12.30.
See here for more information and registration.

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