The Enduring Vision of a World without War : UNESCO’s Orient Catalogue 1959 and the Construction of an International Society
Huttunen, M. (2018). The Enduring Vision of a World without War : UNESCO’s Orient Catalogue 1959 and the Construction of an International Society. Arts and International Affairs, 3(1), 7-27. https://doi.org/10.18278/aia.3.1.2
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Propaganda is a term one rarely comes across in the UNESCO context. However, the organisation’s constitutionally embedded strategy to build the defences of peace in the minds of men is based on its suggested power to move actors by influencing attitudes and opinions. This article analyses UNESCO’s early attempts to communicate its principles of peace, understanding and solidarity, and to shape values accordingly. Through the methodological approach of propaganda, understood here as a tool for analysing processes of influence, this article analyses a film catalogue titled Orient. A Survey of Films Produced in Countries of Arab and Asian Culture, published by UNESCO and the British Film Institute in 1959. Through a discussion of the agendas at play, the article addresses the questions of power, politics and ideology in the UNESCO context. Conceptualising UNESCO as a manifestation of an international society, the analysis sheds light on the politically motivated negotiation processes typified by contradicting preferences, emphasising the need to address UNESCO as both a political actor and a platform for political action. ...
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