Professor Sarah Brouillette
Between 1967 and 1982 UNESCO organized dozens of meetings dedicated to the discussion of cultural policy. These meetings were the first sustained attempt to think about how governments could and should be disposed toward cultural funding and administration. This talk argues that this rise of the cultural policy establishment is inseparable from worry about economic development and modernization. It was the pressing economic catastrophes of the era that directly shaped UNESCO’s turn toward culture as a prophylactic. But it was the permanent and ongoing crisis of integration of pre-capitalist enclaves into capitalist modernity that was the deeper source of the transformations that UNESCO sought to manage through its cultural programming.
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