The research context is the post-1945 Cultural Cold War. There is a considerable literature on the USA and its agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); and to a lesser extent on the Soviet Union and agencies such as the Communist Information Bureau (Cominform). The use of the United Nations and UNESCO in this ideological struggle, using propaganda, 'soft power' or cultural diplomacy, exploiting the arts, sciences, and intellectual life, has been neglected. The project considers this through a critical review of secondary literature and original archival research. It clarifies and makes coherent a key issue, identifying lessons for today.
Honorary Professor and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow
Peace Review A Journal of Social Justice Volume 32, 2020 - Issue 4 Play, Sport, and Dialogue as Pathways to Peace? Pages 434-440 Journal article by Ana Cristina Zimmermann and W. John Morgan
On Saturday 4th September 2021, Professor John Morgan presented a keynote lecture and workshop on Idealism and Realism in Educational and Cultural Exchange: International intellectual cooperation or ‘soft power?’, to the conference: Living together...
'Learning to live: An era poised between enlightenment and obscurantism' by Professor John Morgan published today in leading Italian daily newspaper Il Corriere Della Sera.
On 20 April, Professor W. John Morgan, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at WISERD, gave an invitation Zoom lecture on Ben Bowen Thomas, Wales, and UNESCO to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, a London Welsh learned society founded in 1751. The focus...
Professor John Morgan's 2019 book Philosophy, Dialogue, and Education: Nine modern European philosophers (with A. A. Guilherme), Routledge, London and New York, has been translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil by the UNESCO Chair of Youth...
Professor John Morgan was invited to a symposium on ’Twenty Years of Putin: How has Russia changed’ held at the Russian and East European Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, on 7th December 2019. The invitation symposium brought...
Professor John Morgan, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, gave two seminars in Moscow during October. Professor Morgan, who was on a research visit to the Russian State Library as part of his Leverhulme project on UNESCO and other UN Specialized Agencies...
Professor W. John Morgan visited the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-La Sorbonne this week, at the personal invitation of Professor Georges Haddad, the University’s President, to discuss his Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship research on ‘UNESCO and the...