Online Panel Discussion 9/09/21 6pm. Discover how America used publishing for political agitation in the Cold War through the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) and Franklin Book Programs, and how anti colonial cultural networks including the Afro-Asian Writers Association were formed. This was a great opportunity to talk with the people behind the Fehras Publishing … Continue reading Books and Agents
Biography as cultural diplomacy: Cold War best sellers in the Middle East
Thursday, 20 May 2021 Glad to present the above webinar organized by the Transnational Cultural and Visual Studies research theme under the School-wide Crisis and Culture research theme at the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University. More details here. A recording of the event can be watched here.
Special issue is published
Translation, in the age of Google Translate, “fake news” and the Internet, is a matter of a click. For most of the end-users, that click masks both the Cold War roots of translation technologies and the complex professional networks that lie behind it. Despite considerable advances in translation technologies, translators are still essential in a … Continue reading Special issue is published
Faulkner and the cultural Cold War
Pleased to announce the publication of my article, The cultural Cold War in the Middle East: William Faulkner and Franklin Book Programs, in the forthcoming special issue of the Journal Translation and Interpreting Studies on Translation and the Cultural Cold War, which I have co-edited with Giles Scott-Smith. The article is open access and available … Continue reading Faulkner and the cultural Cold War
You as a Machine
One of the very early translations published in Tehran in 1333/1954 with the support of Franklin. The book, You as a Machine, was part of a very popular science books for children by the American author Bertha Morris Parker. Interestingly enough, the color photos were actually printed by Dar al Hilal publishing in Cairo. The … Continue reading You as a Machine
Culture Wars: Competing World Views in the Cold War
Excited to announce that from next academic year I will be teaching a course entitled, "Culture Wars: Competing World Views in the Cold War", as part of Leiden Universiteit Honours College Humanities Lab. This is the description of the course: The Cold War is generally understood as a confrontation between capitalism and communism, represented in … Continue reading Culture Wars: Competing World Views in the Cold War
The legacy of Franklin in the US
Last year when I was in the Library of Congress, I checked a number of boxes that included the actual books published by Franklin field offices. The local Franklin offices had to send 25 copies of each single title to the Franklin head office in New York. A look at the list of receivers is, … Continue reading The legacy of Franklin in the US
A lecture on the project
11-12 a.m., Thursday 31 October 2019, at 2.60 (Conference Room), Institute for History: I will present the project as part of "History and International Studies Research Seminar" lecture series at the Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden.
1953 is an important year in the cultural Cold War in the Middle East: the opening of the first Franklin office in Cairo, the 1953 coup in Iran, and the death of Stalin. We have now a new documentary about the role of Britain in the 1953 coup in Iran. The film promises to be … Continue reading Coup 1953
Archival research begins again
I am back in Princeton, NJ for my second visit to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.