Department of Culture and Learning

Notes on editors and contributors

The Editors

Aigul Kulnazarova, PhD, is Professor of International Relations and International Law, School of Global Studies, Tama University in Japan. She specializes in international organizations, international relations, international law, human rights, global studies and history. Her current research is concerned with the politics of history education in East Asia and post-Soviet republics, human rights education, democracy and international relations in Asia. She has published articles, essays and book chapters on the topics of human rights, decolonization, post-war international relations of Third World nations, history writing and politics both in Russian and English. She is a member of international research project “Routes of Knowledge: The global history of UNESCO, 1945-1975,” which is hosted by Aalborg University and funded by the Danish Research Council through August 2017.

Christian Ydesen, PhD, is Assistant Professor and postdoctoral fellow, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University in Denmark. His PhD dissertation – from the School of Education at Aarhus University and at the Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh – is about the history of educational testing in Denmark with a special emphasis on transnational connections and the impact of international organizations. He is the author of numerous books and articles on history of education and intercultural education, and he has published in the prestigious journal for educational history, Paedagogica Historica. At present, he is a member of international research project “Routes of Knowledge: The global history of UNESCO, 1945-1975,” which is hosted by Aalborg University and funded by the Danish Research Council through August 2017.


The Contributors

Michelle Brattain, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Georgia State University in the United States of America. She specializes in 20th century US history and the history of ideas about race, and is particularly interested in the diffusion of scientific ideas through public education, popular science writing, and organizations such as UNESCO. She had an article on UNESCO’s anti-racist initiative published in the world’s most cited historical journal, the American Historical Review, in December 2007. Her current book project, Blood, Genes, History: What Race Was examines how ideas about human biology and world history influenced the scientific and popular construction of the race concept in the post-war United States. She is a member of international research project “Routes of Knowledge: The global history of UNESCO, 1945-1975,” which is hosted by Aalborg University and funded by the Danish Research Council through August 2017.

Helena Ribeiro de Castro holds a PhD degree in education. Since 1995, she has been a full Professor at Instituto Piaget, in Almada, Portugal, where she developed her principal professional activity as a teacher in Teachers Training Courses. Her main research interests are History of Education and Pedagogy. As a researcher she integrates the group of research in History of Education of the Institute of Education, University of Lisbon, as well as Network 17, Histories of Education of EERA (European Educational Research Association). Since 2004, she has been convenor of this Network and link-convenor for the last four years.

Ivan Lind Christensen, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, and until very recently at Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. He specializes in the history of science and scientific concepts, and science and technology studies. His PhD dissertation –from the University of Copenhagen – was about Danish health science knowledge production in historical perspective. He has published a number of articles – most recently in the journal, Social History of Medicine. He is a member of of international research project “Routes of Knowledge: The global history of UNESCO, 1945-1975,” which is hosted by Aalborg University and funded by the Danish Research Council through August 2017.

Poul Duedahl, PhD, is Professor with special responsibilities at the Center for History, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the leader of international research project “Routes of Knowledge: The global history of UNESCO, 1945-1975,” funded by the Danish Research Council. He specializes in global history and cultural encounters with an emphasis on the historical impact of international organizations. In recent years, he has been working on analyses of the historical impact of UNESCO in relation to the concept of race and UNESCO's History of Mankind project. Selected publications include: "Selling Mankind: UNESCO and the Invention of Global History, 1945-76", Journal of World History, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2011 and "From Racial Strangers to Ethnic Minorities: On the Socio-Political Impact of UNESCO, 1945-60", in: Gregory A. Katsas (ed.), Current Issues in Sociology 2012.

Inés Dussel is Professor at the Departmento de Investigaciones Educativas del CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico. Her research results are found in the publication of eight books and over one hundred journal articles and book chapters, translated into six languages. Before moving to Mexico, she acted as Director of the Education Research Area at FLACSO (Latin American School for the Social Sciences) in Argentina from 2001 to 2008, where she ran two major research projects on school reform, one funded by the Ford Foundation on media and citizenship education and another by Argentina’s National Agency for Scientific Research on secondary schooling and social inequalities. Professor Dussel has received fellowships from the Spencer Foundation (USA), DAAD (Germany), Georg-Eckert-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung (Germany), CAPES (Brazil), and the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). She is a member of the Governing Board of the International Association for Visual Culture and serves on the editorial board of over 30 journals from Latin America, Europe and North America.

Jean-Damascène Gasanabo has a PhD in Education from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently Director General in charge of the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide within the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). Prior to that, he served as Consultant for UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and in Somalia. He also headed the Support Department in charge of Research and Communication at Geneva Call, a Geneva-based NGO. Dr. Gasanabo’s main publications include Confronting Genocide in Rwanda: Dehumanization, Denial and Strategies for Prevention, edited together with David Simon and Margee Ensign (2014), Rwanda – Enseignement de l’histoire nationale de 1962 à 1994.Quelle construction de l’image de l’autre ? (2010), and the UNESCO report “Fostering Peaceful Co-existence Through Analysis and Revision of History Curricula and Textbooks in Southeast Europe” (2006).

Sebastián Gil-Riaño, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a historian of science, currently working on the ARC Laureate Fellowship project on "Race and Ethnicity in the Global South," led by Professor Warwick Anderson. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Historicizing Anti-Racism: UNESCO’s campaigns against race prejudice in the 1950s,” and examines the knowledge practices, narratives of redemption, and moral economies that informed the anti-racist projects of post-WWII scientific experts involved in UNESCO’s anti-racism campaigns and particularly the influence of the human sciences from Latin America, the Francophonie, and the US and Britain on these campaigns.

Randle Hart is Assistant Professor of sociology at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a social movement scholar who specializes in the historical-sociological study of anti-communist activism in early Cold War America. His most recent research on the right-wing activism in the United States appears in Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, and Social Movement Studies.

Sungho Kang is Director-General of the Global Common Society International, an international NGO, based in Seoul, Korea. He is the representative of International Cooperation of Steering Committee, the International NGO History Forum for Peace in East Asia, and also an associated research fellow with the Centre for the Reconstruction of Human Society of Kyung Hee University. He specializes in international relations with special interests in NGO and civil society programs, conflict resolution, and international cooperation. Concurrently, he also serves the NGO “International Network for Peace and Conflict Resolution” as its president. He has written books and articles including The NGO Networks for the Resolution of International Disputes (2008), Promotion of NGOs’ Cooperation and Exchanges for the Establishment of their Infrastructures in Northeast Asia (2006), and Strategies for Implementation of UN Millennium Development Goals in Korea (2005).

Falk Pingel, PhD, is Associated Fellow of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig/Germany, was for many years the institute’s deputy director. In 2003/2004, he was the first director of the OSCE’s Education Department in Sarajewo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also taught contemporary history as well as theory and didactics of history at Bielefeld University. He has conducted comparative textbook projects, amongst others, in Israel-Palestine, East Asia, South Africa, and the Balkans. Since his retirement in 2009, he has been a consultant on issues of textbook and curriculum research and revision to governmental and academic institutions as well as international organisations such as UNESCO, OSCE, and the Council of Europe. He has special interest in the teaching of contested issues and conflicting histories. Amongst his publications are: UNESCO Guidebook on International Textbook Research and Textbook Revision. 2nd, rev. and extended (2010), The European home: representations of 20th century Europe in history textbooks (2000), Can Truth Be Negotiated? History Textbook Revision as a Means to Reconciliation. In: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 617 (2008), No. 1: The Politics of History in Comparative Perspective, pp. 181-198.

Eva Schandevyl, PhD, is a part-time research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she has taught modern Belgian and European history. She received her PhD in History from this university in 2003. She research interests include intellectual history, the social and political history of justice administration. The focus of her current research lies in particular in gender and legal history. Dr. Schandevyl has published Tussen revolutie en conformisme. Het engagement en de netwerken van linkse intellectuelen in België, 1918-1956 (Brussels: ASP, 2011), co-edited In haar recht? Vrouwe Justitia feministisch bekeken (Brussels: ASP, 2009) and published many book chapters and journal articles with European Review of History, Journal of Belgian History, National Identities, Historica, Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire, Cahiers d'histoire du temps présent, Res Publica, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis and European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management). She is affiliated to the RHEA-Research Centre for Gender and Diversity and the Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, both at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

As of September 1, 2015 Elisabeth Teige will be Senior Lecturer at Volda University College, Faculty of Social Sciences and History, Norway. She graduated as a candidata philologia in history in 2004 on a dissertation on the public administration of Norwegian special schools for delinquent girls between 1941 and 1963. Teige’s main research interests are within international educational history with a focus on peace education, education for international understanding and human rights education from the 1920s to the 1950s. Her PhD dissertation has the working title “In the minds of men… UNESCO’s Seminars on Education for Living in a World Community (1947-2954) as a peace project”. She has also contributed to an Official Norwegian Report (2004) on failure of care and abuse in Norwegian orphanages and special schools in the period 1945-1980. Her work further includes the history of the schooling for girls in Norway and on the history Norwegian female teachers and peace education in the inter-war years. Teige also works as a lecturer in history of education and philosophy of education. Her main teaching obligations are within general Norwegian history of education and a course on democracy, Bildung and global citizenship.


Conference coordinator Christian Ydesen

Conference secretary: Marianne Høgsbro

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Aigul Kulnazarova


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