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
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
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
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
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
I am back in Princeton, NJ for my second visit to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.
This is the project's summary: Coldbihot is an interdisciplinary and historical research project that explores the connection between Stalin’s death, the US-backed coup in Iran, and the opening of a US-sponsored publishing house (Franklin Publications) in Cairo in 1953. After Stalin died the American “battle of ideas” with the spread of communism entered a new phase. Key … Continue reading Coldbihot
I am pleased to announce that the project is now funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Individual Fellowship) for three years.
Taking Books to the World: American Publishers and the Cultural Cold War, by Amanda Laugesen. (Pub Date: September, 2017, Publisher: UMass Press, ISBN: 978-1-62534-309-3). The author uses the analogy of empire to argue that despite “charitable hopes, and intellectual reasoning behind this global experiment,” Franklin did not achieve “what it had hoped to accomplish." A review of the book is in … Continue reading Two new books