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This page briefly introduces the people working around intellectual cooperation. While not a complete directory, its purpose is to serve as a resource for those wishing to embrace this field. See also the complete bibliography and the list of past and current projects. Contact us if you want to appear here.

Quick links: Émeline Brylinski // Elisabet Carbó-Catalan // Jennifer Y. Chang // Thomas Davies // Annamaria Ducci // Arnab Dutta // Charlotte Faucher // Johannes Feichtinger // Gabriel Galvez-Behar // Camila Gatica Mizala // Martin Grandjean // Joyce Goodman // Harumi Goto-Shibata // Nelva Mildred Hernandez Sosa // Rita Hofstetter // Tomás Irish // Sandrine Kott // Leandro Lacquaniti // Daniel Laqua // Kaiyi Li // Benjamin Martin // Chloé Maurel // Marilena Papadaki // Shriya Patnaik // Alexandra Pita González // Roswitha Reinbothe // Xavier Riondet // Diana Roig-Sanz // Takashi Saikawa // Ilaria Scaglia // Anastassiya Schacht // Monika Šipelytė // Jan Stöckmann // Itzel Toledo García // Ludovic Tournès // Pelle van Dijk

Émeline Brylinski

Émeline Brylinski, is a PhD Candidate at the University of Geneva, in the Research Team in Social History of Education (ERHISE). Her thesis explores forms of intergovernmental cooperation experimented at the International Bureau of Education (1930-1958). She is also involved in a collective research project, supported by SEFRI, to study the premises of a global governance model implemented by the IBE more recently (1964-1990). MA Graduate from Teachers College, Columbia University (2014’), New-York, her research is informed by her professional experience at UNESCO-GEMR and IBE-UNESCO (2014-2017) as well as consultancy research works conducted for international organizations and networks, such as Amnesty International (2017) and NORRAG (2018-2020), and years of teaching experiences.

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Elisabet Carbó-Catalan

Elisabet Carbó-Catalan is a PhD candidate at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) and KU Leuven (Belgium). Currently member of the ERC project “Social Networks of the Past: Mapping Hispanic and Lusophone Literary Modernity, 1898-1959”, in her dissertation she examines the participation of Ibero-American cultural mediators in events and projects promoted by the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation. Her research interests include global approaches to literature, translation history, and the relationships between power/politics and culture. Her main publications seek to historicize forms of public support to translation and foreign cultural action.

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Jennifer Y. Chang

Jennifer Y. Chang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. She researches the history of modern China, with a focus on visual culture, interwar internationalism, and wartime diplomacy. Jennifer’s theoretical interests include the intellectual, cultural, and political consequences of institutional loss and recovery associated with struggles rooted in regime change and global processes of modernization. Her postdoctoral research topic is Library as Embassy: Art, Diplomacy, and the Bibliothèque Sino-Internationale, 1933-1993.

Jennifer is the author of Universe, Power, Hsiao Chin (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2014) and the forthcoming book Re-visioning “Little Artists”: Abstraction and Children’s Art Education in Postwar Taiwan (Mandarin Daily News, 2022).

Jennifer is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, and received her Ph.D. from Sichuan University.

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Thomas Davies

Dr Thomas Davies is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London. He is the author of The Possibilities of Transnational Activism: The Campaign for Disarmament between the Two World Wars (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2007), NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), and History of Transnational Voluntary Associations: A Critical Multidisciplinary Review (Leiden: Brill, 2016). His articles related to intellectual cooperation include ‘Educational internationalism, universal human rights, and international organisation: International Relations in the thought and practice of Robert Owen’ (Review of International Studies, 2014), ‘Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: the promise and pitfalls of the early “science of internationalism”’ (European Journal of International Relations, 2017), and ‘L’International: The World’s First International Journal and the Possibilities and Limits of International Studies’ (International Studies Perspectives, 2021). He organises the Project on the Evolution of International Non-Governmental Organizations, and he edited the Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations, which was awarded the 2021 ARNOVA Award for Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research. Dr Davies is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and his doctoral research, undertaken at the University of Oxford, was awarded the British International History Group Thesis Prize.

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Annamaria Ducci

Annamaria Ducci (PhD, University of Pisa) is Art History Professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara. She has been Getty fellow at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris, fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and at the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris. Her research projects focus on art historiography during the first half of the 20th century, with a special attention to France, as well as on the art historians’ correspondence and drawings. She is the author of the monograph Henri Focillon en son temps. La liberté des formes (Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2021).

She also studies the multiple relations between art history and politics. In particular her interests focus on the role of inter-war international organisms, especially the LoN, for a shared knowledge in art history, heritage conservation and museums. To this topic Annamaria Ducci has dedicated several contributions, all available at her webpage. She is currently interested to the definition of the notion of patrimoine at the LoN, in the wider perspective of the international intellectual relations and debates.

She is member of the “Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe”, and of the ‘Groupe de recherche sur l’histoire transnationale du patrimoine’ (IMEC - ENS, Paris). She is on the editorial board of the peer-review journals Predella and Restauro Archeologico; she also collaborates as a referee with the journal Il Capitale Culturale. She is member of the Scientific Committee at the Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca, and of the Commission for Cultural Heritage at the Fondazione Pisa, Pisa.


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Arnab Dutta

Arnab Dutta is a final-year PhD candidate of Modern History at the Graduate School for the Humanities, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands. He is also a visiting doctoral fellow at the Department of History of Ideas, Uppsala University, Sweden (2019-20), European University Institute Florence, Italy (2021) and Global Intellectual History Graduate School, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2021, with a DAAD visiting PhD grant). His research interests are in cultural and intellectual history of South Asia, Interwar Germany, and Postcolonial Studies. Drawing on a wide range of sources and concepts derived from the language-worlds of Bangla, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, German, French and Italian, his doctoral dissertation project explores the notion of intellectual entanglements between Interwar Germany and India. Besides, with a Vossius Fellowship in the History of the Humanities and Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Arnab is currently embarking on a research project on India’s role in the League of Nations’ Committee for Intellectual Cooperation. Among others, he has been awarded with the Duke of Arenberg Award 2018, RuG Sustainable Society Intercontinental PhD Grant 2019, and the International Weimar Award 2020 from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Germany.

Twitter: @arnabduttahist

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Charlotte Faucher

Charlotte Faucher is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2022-2024). She was previously a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the University of Manchester where she also taught on modern intellectual history; the history of nationalism in the modern world and the history of childhood in modern European societies.

Her first monograph Propaganda, Gender, and Cultural Power: Projections and Perceptions of France in Britain c. 1880–194 is just out with Oxford University Press. She has published several articles on women in diplomacy including an article on gender and French soft power during the Liberation of France in Historical Journal (2021), and ‘Women, Gender and the Professionalisation of French Cultural Diplomacy in Britain, 1900–1940’ in English Historical Review (2022). Her piece on the French institute in London and anti-Gaullism appeared in Journal of Contemporary History (2019). Her next book-length project is a transnational history of European cultural diplomacy (1870-1940) and more details can be found here (in French).

Twitter: @cha_faucher

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Johannes Feichtinger

Johannes Feichtinger is a Senior Research Associate at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and he currently directs the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History (2022). He coordinates the Cultures of Knowledge-research cluster and heads the research unit History of Science. Austria in Global Context. He is a Faculty Member of the Vienna Doctoral School for Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna and Member of the European History of Academies Research Network (initiated by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina). His research interests include history of science, intellectual history, memory studies and the history of the Habsburg Empire in global context.

To learn more about his research activities and publications see his institutional website.

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Gabriel Galvez-Behar

As a professor of contemporary history at the University of Lille, I contribute to the development of a history of innovation, at the crossroads of economic history and the history of science and technology. My research has focused on the definition and uses of intellectual property in contemporary times. In my opinion, intellectual property is a relevant observatory of practices, norms and values related to innovation. So I am also interested in the history of research commodification through a project devoted to the history of scientific property (Galvez-Behar, 2020). It provides a basis for reflection on the political economy of science, articulating material and symbolic economies. Thanks to this project, I was led to work on the sources of the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation. The IICI was, in fact, a central stage in the debates on scientific property in the interwar period.

Currently, my work continues to focus on the history of the valorization of research and intellectual property. I am also Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Lille.

References: Galvez-Behar, Gabriel. 2020. Posséder la science : La propriété scientifique au temps du capitalisme industriel. Éditions de l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

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Camila Gatica Mizala

Camila Gatica Mizala is an Assistant Professor at Universidad de Chile’s Department of Historical Sciences. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she also taught modules on Latin American Contemporary History, Latin American History and Cinema, and Nation and Nationalism in Latin America.

Her current research project (FONDECYT No. 3190267) looks at the relation between the International Educational Cinematographic Institute (part of the League of Nations) and Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. She has published several articles on the Americanization of Chilean society. Her latest article ‘“Not suitable for exhibition”: Cinema censorship and international intervention in Argentina, 1939–1945’ was published in the Journal of War & Culture Studies. Her first monograph, Modernity at the movies: Cinema-going in Buenos Aires and Santiago, 1915-1945 is under contract with University of Pittsburgh Press.


Twitter: @CamilaGaticaM

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Martin Grandjean

Dr Martin Grandjean is a Junior Lecturer in contemporary history at the University of Lausanne and the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne). He teaches the history of international organisations and digital history/humanities. His research focuses in particular on the use of network analysis in the humanities and social sciences and is currently working on the archives of the League of Nations. He is a founding member and past chair of the French-speaking Digital Humanities association (Humanistica), the co-chair of the Admissions Committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and member of the board of the Historical Network Research Community (HNR).

In his doctoral dissertation Les réseaux de la coopération intellectuelle (The Networks of Intellectual Cooperation, 2018), he rewrites a history of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation from the perspective of its archives. Analyzing the metadata of several tens of thousands of documents, he shows the influence of international civil servants in the exchanges between scientific experts. On this subject, he also published “Analisi e visualizzazioni delle reti in storia. L’esempio della cooperazione intellettuale della Societa delle Nazioni” (Analysis and visualizations of networks in history. The example of the intellectual cooperation of the League of Nations, Memoria e Ricerca, 2017), “Mapping Internationalism: Congresses and Organisations in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” (with M. van Leeuwen, in International Organizations and Global Civil Society, 2019), or “A Representative Organization?: Ibero-American Networks in the Committee on Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nations (1922-1939)” (in Cultural Organizations, Networks and Mediators in Contemporary Ibero-America, 2020). See also this video which presents the network analysis of the League of Nations archives.


Twitter: @GrandjeanMartin

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Joyce Goodman

Joyce Goodman is Professor of History of Education at The University of Winchester, chercheure associée at the CERLIS research centre in Paris. She is an honorary member of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE), of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), and of the British Federation of University Women (BFWG). Her research explores the intersection of women’s work in and for education with internationalism and empire. She has published on women’s engagement with intellectual cooperation, including on international women’s organisations and intellectual cooperation; women and educational cinematography at the League of Nations; and the relationship between the Bahá’í faith, intellectual co-operation, education and peace. For details of her publications on intellectual co-operation see her personal wepage. Her books include Girls’ Secondary Education in the Western World (Palgrave, 2014 pbk, Greek translation published by Gutenberg 2019), with James Albisetti and Rebecca Rogers; and Women and Education: Major Themes in Education (Routledge, 2011, four volumes), with Jane Martin. She is a past president of the History of Education Society UK and former secretary of ISCHE. She has also served as editor of the journal History of Education. She tweets as @joycehisted.

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Harumi Goto-Shibata

Harumi GOTO-SHIBATA (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is a Professor of International History at the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo. Her publications in English include The League of Nations and the East Asian Imperial Order, 1920-1946 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), ‘Britain, the League of Nations, and Russian Women Refugees in China in the Interwar Period’ in A. Best (ed.), Britain’s Retreat from Empire in East Asia, 1905-1980 (Routledge, 2017), and Japan and Britain in Shanghai, 1925-31 (Macmillan, St Antony’s series, 1995). Her research has been on the international history of East Asia in the inter-war period as well as the League of Nations’ social and other technical works in the region.

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Nelva Mildred Hernandez Sosa

Internationalist from the University of Colima, Master of Development Policy by the Korean Development Institute, works at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a Trade Development Officer. Since college she is dedicated to the historical study of international relations as a university discipline.

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Rita Hofstetter

Rita Hofstetter is full professor in History of education at the University of Geneva (habilitation in History in 2009, University of Paris IV–Sorbonne, France). She is director of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute’s archives, and co-coordinator of ERHISE (Social History of Education Research Group). Her current research areas:

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Tomás Irish

Tomás Irish is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University, UK. He is the author of a number of works on the history of universities and intellectuals in the era of the First World War and is currently working on a monograph called Feeding the Mind: Humanitarianism and the reconstruction of European intellectual life, 1919-1933 for Cambridge University Press.

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Sandrine Kott

Sandrine Kott is full professor of Modern European History at the University of Geneva since 2004 and visiting professor at New York University since 2017. Her main field of expertise is the international and European history of social welfare and labor.

Among her last publications : Organiser le monde. Une autre histoire de la guerre froide (Paris, Le Seuil, 2021), Sozialstaat und Gesellschaft. Das deutsche Kaiserreich in Europa (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, Kritische Studien, 2014, with Kiran Patel), Nazism across Borders. The Social Policies of the Third Reich and their Global Appeal (Oxford University Press, 2018, with Michel Christian and Ondrej Matejka), Planning in Cold War Europe. Competition, Cooperation, circulation (1950s-1970s) (Oldenburg, De Gruyter, 2018, with Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann, Peter Romijn & Olivier Wieviorka), Seeking Peace in the Wake of War. Europe, 1943-1947 (Amsterdam University Press, 2015, with Joëlle Droux), Globalizing social rights. The ILO and beyond (London, Palgrave, 2013).

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Leandro Lacquaniti

Leandro Lacquaniti holds a Master in History from the University Torcuato Di Tella. He is doctoral fellow at CONICET and his place of work is the Institute of Argentine and American History “Dr. Emilio Ravignani” of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires.

His research topic is The National Commission of Culture. State cultural agencies, artists and intellectuals in Argentina (1933-1955). As part of this project, he investigates the functioning of the Argentine Commission for Intellectual Cooperation between 1937 and 1948. This was a diplomatic agency of the Argentine State that coordinated its actions with the National Commission of Culture to implement its cultural policies.

He integrates the following research groups: “Cultural history of politics. Argentina, 20th and 21st centuries”; “The representations of the past in Argentina, between historiographical disputes and political battles (1930-1960)”, “Intersections between politics and ideas. Argentina (1890-1943)”, “Liberalism, nationalism and populism in Argentina: the political traditions under discussion (1880-1976)”.

Published works: “The intellectual property law of 1933. Projects and parliamentary debates on copyright in Argentina”; “The ‘criollo gaucho’ and the debates on the literary canon. The prizes of the National Commission of Culture in the thirties in Argentina (1935-1943)”.

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Daniel Laqua

Daniel Laqua is Associate Professor of European History at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. His research is particularly concerned with the manifold histories of internationalism and transnational activism. In addition to publishing a range of articles, book chapters and themed journal issues, he has written the monograph The Age of Internationalism and Belgium, 1880–1930: Peace, Progress and Prestige (Manchester, 2013), edited the volume Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements between the World Wars (London, 2011) and co-edited the study International Organizations and Global Civil Society: Histories of the Union of International Associations (London, 2019). He has examined the League of Nations’ work in the field of intellectual cooperation in several of his works, notably via articles in the Journal of Global History (2011), Critique Internationale (2011) and – with a focus on League interactions with student activists – The English Historical Review (2017).

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Kaiyi Li

Dr Kaiyi Li is a postdoctoral researcher at Media/Transformation, Leibniz-Institute for Educational Media/Georg-Eckert Institute. She is the project leader of the digital transformation of school education in China: Policies, governance-structures and local stakeholders. She wrote her PhD thesis titled Transnational Educational Cooperation Between the League of Nations and China during the Interwar Period. In her PhD thesis, she analyzed how the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation coordinated the cooperation with four representative events: teaching about the League of Nations, the cooperation in educational films, the League of Nations’ education mission to China in 1931 and Chinese education mission to Europe in 1932. Her thesis has been published by Palgrave Macmillan with the title Transnational Education Between the League of Nations and China. She also published a paper about the Chinese education mission to Europe in Paedagogica Historica. She is currently interested in the activities of Chinese representatives in the International Committee on Intellectual and the program of teaching about the League of Nations during the interwar period.

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Benjamin Martin

A graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia University, Benjamin G. Martin is senior lecturer in the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University, where he is lead researcher on the project ‘International Ideas at UNESCO: Digital Approaches to Global Conceptual History’, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Several of his publications explore the relationship of fascist Italy and Nazi Germany to the world of interwar intellectual cooperation, including a 2021 article on “The Birth of the Cultural Treaty in Europe’s Age of Crisis” in Contemporary European History, an article on “Fascist Italy’s Illiberal Cultural Networks” in a 2019 edited volume, and his book, The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture (Harvard University Press, 2016), which won the 2020 Culbert Family Book Prize of the International Association for Media and History.

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Chloé Maurel

Chloé Maurel est normalienne, agrégée et docteure en histoire, chercheuse partenaire SIRICE (Sorbonne). Elle a réalisé une thèse de doctorat L’Unesco de 1945 à 1974 sous la direction de Pascal Ory et soutenue à l’université Paris 1 en 2006. Ce travail analyse l’évolution des conceptions de l’Unesco, les tensions politiques liées à la Guerre froide, à la décolonisation, et aux rapports Nord/Sud, l’image de l’Unesco dans l’opinion publique, les programmes visant à la paix, à l’éducation, la culture et l’aide au développement. Elle est spécialiste de l’histoire de l’Unesco, de l’ONU, de l’histoire globale, et a publié notamment Les Grands Discours à l’UNESCO de 1945 à nos jours, Paris, éditions du Croquant, 2021 ; Une brève histoire de l’ONU au fil de ses dirigeants, Paris, éditions du Croquant, 2017 ; Histoire des idées des Nations unies. L’ONU en 20 notions, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2015 ; Manuel d’histoire globale, Paris, Armand Colin, 2014 ; Histoire de l’Unesco. 1945-1974, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2010 ; Histoire des relations internationales depuis 1945, Paris, Ellipses, 2010. Elle a aussi publié des biographies de plusieurs Directeurs généraux de l’Unesco (Huxley, Evans, Maheu) ainsi que de Kofi Annan, dans le Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries General of International Organizations publié en ligne par Bob Reinalda.

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Marilena Papadaki

Marilena Papadaki, (BA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; MA & PhD, EHESS Paris) is a historian, specialized in the history and philosophy of international law, the history of international relations and the history of international institutions. Her PhD dissertation explores the life of Nicolas Politis (1872-1942), French academic and theorist of international law, Greek diplomat and politician, international lawyer and arbitrator. Through the study of Politis’ activity within the framework of the League of Nations, Papadaki examines the history of international cooperation during the interwar period, mainly the basic role the international elites undertook in order to inform and introduce people of all countries to a new culture of peace and collaboration. Papadaki is currently a scientific associate of the Hellenic Open University and of the “Kalliopi Koufa Foundation for the Promotion of International and Human Rights’ Law”. She has published the conclusion of her research in articles, magazines, conference proceedings and collective volumes in Greece and abroad.

Related articles: The ‘Government Intellectuals’: Nicolas Politis – An Intellectual Portrait; L’action des juristes internationalistes au service de la paix internationale à la fin du xixe siècle : le cas de Nicolas Politis (1872-1942)

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Shriya Patnaik

Shriya Patnaik is a PhD candidate (Department of International History and Politics) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies where her research has been funded by the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship and the Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.Ch Grant. Her research focuses on the historical genealogy surrounding discourses related to prostitution, trafficking, and sex-worker rights in colonial and postcolonial India. In particular, she focuses on the now-extinct matriarchal community of temple-dancers called Mahari-Devadasis in Orissa (a matrilineal community categorized as ‘religious prostitutes’ in colonial India), along with their legal and healthcare rights under international humanitarian conventions. Her research is methodologically reliant on oral histories, colonial-period archival records, along with UN/ILO humanitarian conventions on the rights of marginalized communities in the Global South. Shriya has pursued her Bachelor’s in History from Cornell University, and has subsequently pursued her Masters’ in International History with a focus on Gender Studies from the Columbia University-London School of Economics dual degree MA-MSc program. Besides her academic interests, Shriya has actively worked in the public policy and NGO/development sectors in India on gender and human rights initiatives, and these experiences have played a crucial role in shaping her research focus on women’s rights and minority rights initiatives in postcolonial societies at a transnational scale. In terms of her linguistic abilities, she is fully-proficient in English, Hindi and Oriya, has medium-proficiency in Sanskrit, and beginner-level proficiency in French. Shriya is also a PhD affiliate with the Graduate Institute Gender Centre and the Global Migration Centre.

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Alexandra Pita González

Mexican historian, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Córdoba, Argentina, and upon returning to her country she studied for a Master’s and Doctorate at the Center for Historical Studies, of El Colegio de México, graduating in 2004. Since that year, she has worked at the University of Colima. She has taught in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees through numerous courses, advised and graduated students with thesis, and coordinated postgraduate programs. She is currently the director of the University Center for Social Research. She has been a visiting professor in other national and international institutions to give lectures, courses, and participate as a synod member of thesis presentations. Member of the research national system of CONACYT (2004-), of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (2014-), Editor of the American History Magazine of the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (2017-) She has received national and international awards (from the PAIGH, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and the Chamber of Deputies of Colima). Author of more than 50 publications dedicated to the intellectual history of Latin America (and the cultural history of international relations, analyzing the participation of Latin American intellectuals in regional and international organizations.

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Roswitha Reinbothe

PD Dr. Roswitha Reinbothe, University of Duisburg-Essen. Research in the history of German as a language of science, multilingualism in international scientific associations, congresses and publications, German schools in China, lecturer at universities in Shanghai, Samsun (Turkey), Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Duisburg-Essen.

Publications: Deutsch als internationale Wissenschaftssprache und der Boykott nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg, 2., Äberarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, Berlin/Boston 2019; Der Boykott gegen die deutschen Wissenschaftler und die deutsche Sprache nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg. Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift 138/51-52, 2013; Die deutsche Sprache in der Baltischen GeodÅtischen Kommission (1924-1939). In Michael Prinz, Jarmo Korhonen (Hrsg.), Deutsch als Wissenschaftssprache im Ostseeraum – Geschichte und Gegenwart, Frankfurt/M. 2011; L’exclusion des scientifiques allemands et de la langue allemande des congrÑs scientifiques internationaux après la Première Guerre mondiale. Revue Germanique Internationale 12/2010; Languages and Politics of International Scientific Communication in Central Eastern Europe after World War I. In Martin Kohlrausch, Katrin Steffen, Stefan Wiederkehr (eds.), Expert Cultures in Central Eastern Europe. The Internationalization of Knowledge and the Transformation of Nation States since World War I, Osnabrück 2010; Tongji-Universität in Shanghai. Dokumente zur Gründungsgeschichte, Wiesbaden 2009; Mehrsprachigkeit in der internationalen Wissenschaftskommunikation vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg, Deutsch als Fremdsprache 45/1 2008; Die Anfänge der auswärtigen Kulturpolitik in der Zeit des Kaiserreichs. In Armin Wolff, Harald Tanzer (Hrsg.), Sprache – Kultur –Politik, Regensburg 2000; Kulturexport und Wirtschaftsmacht, Deutsche Schulen in China vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg, Frankfurt/M. 1992.

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Xavier Riondet

Xavier Riondet is a professor in educational sciences at Rennes2 University in France. His research focuses on changes in school form, thought frameworks reflecting on inequalities and emancipation in education, and specific educational practices.

In his work in the history of education, he is interested in school values and the evolution of school culture by studying the deployment of French textbooks at the end of the nineteenth century and then their questioning as part of reflections on the revision of textbooks during the interwar period. On this occasion, he was able to reflect on how certain networks related to Intellectual Cooperation have addressed the issue of school knowledge and national school cultures.

References: Hofstetter, R, et Riondet, X. (2018). International Institutions, Pacifism, and the Attack on Warmongering Textbooks. In E. Fuchs et E. Roldán, (dir.), Textbooks and War - Historical and Multinational Perspectives, pp.201-232. Palgrave Macmillan; Riondet, X. (2020). L’Institut international de coopération intellectuelle : comment promouvoir un enseignement répondant à l’idéal internationaliste (1931-1937) ? Relations internationales, 183/3, 77-93; Riondet, X. (2020). La résolution Casarès, ou les premiers pas difficiles de la Coopération Intellectuelle au sujet des manuels scolaires (1925-1939). In R. Hofstetter et J. Droux, (dir.), L’internationalisme éducatif entre débats et combats (1919-1939), pp.141-171. Bern : Peter Lang.

Projects: Postdoctoral research (2013-2014) in connection with the FNS Project « Figures of knowledge production and the construction of new disciplinary scenes of knowledge » (Subside Sinergia CRSII1-147688, ERHISE, University of Geneva. Research « La fabrique du commun dans les manuels scolaires de la IIIe République (2019-2021) » conducted at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) in the “Philosophy, History, Human Sciences” (PHS) department directed by Fabien Plazannet, in the “social sciences” service of Laurence Jung.

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Diana Roig-Sanz

Diana Roig-Sanz, coordinator of GlobaLS, is an ICREA Senior Research Professor and an ERC Starting Grant holder at the IN3 (UOC). She coordinates the Global Literary Studies Research Lab and is the principal investigator (alongside Laura Fólica) of the research line Global Translation Flows. She is also the PI of the ERC StG project “Social Networks of the Past. Mapping Hispanic and Lusophone Literary Modernity, 1898-1959” (Grant Agreement: 803860). She has been a Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow and a visiting professor at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and has conducted research residencies and postdoctoral fellowships at top-ranked institutions, such as the Centre for Translation Studies (KU Leuven), the IHMC (École Normale Supérieure), the Department of European and Intercultural Studies (La Sapienza), and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analyses (Amsterdam). Her research interests deal with cultural and global literary history and sociology of translation from a digital humanities approach.

Selected bibliography: Carbó-Catalan, Elisabet and Diana Roig-Sanz. Culture as Soft Power. Bridging Cultural Relations, Intellectual History and Cultural Diplomacy. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022; Roig-Sanz, Diana and Laura Fólica. “Big Translation History. Data Science Applied to Translated Literature in the Spanish-speaking World, 1898-1945”, Translation Spaces, vol. 10, no. 2, 2021, pp. 1-29; Roig-Sanz, Diana, and Jaume Subirana (eds.). Cultural Organisations, Networks and Mediators in Contemporary Ibero-America. Routledge, 2020, 333 pp.; Roig-Sanz, Diana. “Specialization and Institutionalization: The Transnational Professionalization of European Literary Criticism during the Interwar Period”. Cultural and Social History, vol. 17, no. 1, 2020, pp. 29-48.

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Takashi Saikawa

Takashi SAIKAWA (Dr. phil., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg) is associate professor of Global History, Takasaki City University of Economics in Japan. His main fields of research interests lie in the history of international organizations and the history of international cultural exchange. His publications include “Returning to the International Community: UNESCO and Postwar Japan, 1945-1951” in Poul Duedahl ed., A History of UNESCO: Global Actions and Impacts, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, and “From Intellectual Co-operation to International Cultural Exchange: Japan and China in the International Committee on Intellectual Co-operation of the League of Nations, 1922-1939”, Ph.D. Thesis, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 2014.

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Ilaria Scaglia

Ilaria Scaglia is Senior Lecturer of Modern History at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. Previously, she taught at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, USA (2013–2018), she was a Volkswagen–Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for Research in Germany, Free University and Centre History of Emotions at MPI in Berlin (2016–2017), and a Visiting Fellow for Research at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (2014). She has offered a broad range of undergraduate and (post)graduate modules on global history, the history of internationalism, and the history of emotions.

She has recently published a monograph: The Emotions of Internationalism: Feeling International Cooperation in the Alps in the Interwar Period (Oxford University Press, 2020). She is currently working on a new project, Taking Pictures at the Archives: Transnational Emotions and Experiences in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1860s–1960s, which explores the interplay of emotions, archives, technology, and internationalism. Her other publications have dealt with the interplay of art and performative politics in collaborative exhibitions, nation branding and international cooperation, and the moral economy of internationalism.

To learn more about her activities and publications see her personal website and follow her on Twitter @IlariaScaglia1.

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Anastassiya Schacht

Anastassiya Schacht works on her PhD at the Department of History of the University of Vienna, where her project received a grant of the Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies.

In her first academic track she studied English, German, and Historical Literary Studies at the Orenburg University (Russia), and subsequently majored in English Linguistics and Global History at the University of Vienna.

In History, she worked with the theories of Cultural Otherness, transformation processes, Soviet and Postcolonial Studies. She was a project coordinator for Vienna Doctoral School „Theory and Methodology in the Humanities“ as well as „Vienna Anthropocene Network“. She is affiliated with several working groups on History of Science, History of Psychiatry, Cold War Studies, and East European History and was awarded the university’s scholarship for the her current PhD-research.

Her PhD-project explores how the conflict around the political abuse of psychiatry in the 1970- 1980-s evolved, intertwined with tensions of the Cold War, shaped governmental strategies and professional agendas. A.Schacht analyses the strategies of self-construction and legitimation within international psychiatric network in the late Cold War era. Ultimately, this project sheds light upon the issue of scholarly autonomy and responsibility, as well as state involvement with science in authoritarian regimes.

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Monika Šipelytė

Dr. Monika Šipelytė is a researcher at Vilnius University, Faculty of History. She has defended her PhD thesis “On the statehood of Lithuania: Diplomacy and Politics of Lithuanians in Switzerland in 1915–1919” in 2019 at the Lithuanian Institute of History. Now she is participating in Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Vilnius University entitled “Juozas Gabrys and his colleagues at the League of Nations in 1927–1939: actions and collective biography”. In connection with this project, she has made two research visits to the Archives and Library of the United Nations in 2020 and 2021. In 2021 she has also participated in TV documentary series “National Expedition. Lithuania in Europe” on Lithuanian National Broadcaster. Publications: Lithuanian Conferences in Switzerland: The Question of the Statehood in 1915–1916, in: Lietuvos istorijos metraštis, 2018 (1), p. 145–176; 1916 Lithuanian Conferences in Lausanne and the Levels of Lithuania’s Independence, in: Lietuvos istorijos metraštis, 2018 (2), p. 73–100; Kingdom of One Hundred Years, in: Imagining Lithuania: 100 years, 100 visions, 1918–2018, (edited by N. Černiauskas, M. Drėmaitė, T. Vaiseta), Vilnius: Lithuanian Culture Institute, 2018; Spiritual children of Fribourg: Lithuanians at the University of Fribourg and their importance for Lithuania, [edited by K. Jagėlienė], Fribourg, 2019; Juozas Gabrys and Lithuania at the League of Nations: Press and Business, in: Lietuvos istorijos studijos, 2021, vol. 48, pp. 33–51; Juozas Gabrys and Lithuania at the League of Nations: Political Activity, in: Lietuvos istorijos studijos, 2022, vol. 49, (in press).

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Jan Stöckmann

Jan Stöckmann is a lecturer in Modern History at Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Hamburg. His book, The Architects of International Relations: Building a Discipline, Designing the World, 1914–1940 (Cambridge, 2022), provides a new and stimulating history of IR as an academic discipline, paying particular attention to the League of Nations and its bodies for intellectual cooperation. His articles have appeared in The International History Review, the Review of International Studies, and Past & Present. Having completed his dissertation at the University of Oxford in 2017, he has held research fellowships at Yale University and at the Université libre de Bruxelles before moving to Hamburg in 2019.

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Itzel Toledo García

Dr Itzel Toledo García is currently a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lateinamerika-Institut of the Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a PhD in History and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Essex, and a BA in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her research focusses on Mexico’s international relations during the interwar period. One of the topics she explores is the exercise of cultural diplomacy by the Postrevolutionary State. For example, she has analysed the role played by writer and diplomat Alfonso Reyes to improve Mexican - French relations in traditional bilateral spheres and through the participation at the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (IICI). She is currently working on the career of educator and diplomat Palma Guillén, who took part of Mexican activities towards intellectual cooperation at the IICI, the International Educational Cinematographic Institute, and the League of Nations.

Publications: “Alfonso Reyes, Genaro Estrada y Jean Périer: el fortalecimiento de los lazos intelectuales entre México y Francia (1924-1928)”, Boletín del Archivo General de la Nación, 3. Novena época (2019), p. 72-95; El dilema entre la revolución y la estabilización: México y las potencias europeas (México: Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, 2020).


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Ludovic Tournès

Ludovic Tournès is professor of international history at the university of Geneva. A specialist of cultural and scientific transnational circulations, cultural dipomacy and US-Europe relations, he has published numerous books and articles among which New Orleans Sur Seine. Histoire du jazz en France (Fayard, 1999), Du phonographe au MP3 (Autrement, 2008, rééd. 2011), L’Argent de l’influence. Les fondations américaines et leurs réseaux européens (Autrement, 2010), Sciences de l’homme et politiques. Les fondations philanthropiques américaines en France au XXe siècle (Garnier, 2011), Les Etats-Unis et la Société des Nations (1914-1946) : le système international face à l’émergence d’une superpuissance (Peter Lang, 2015, english translation : Phillanthropic Foundations at the League of Nations : An Americanized League? Routledge, 2022) ; Global Exchanges: Scholarships and Transnational Circulations in the Contemporary World (19-21st centuries), in cooperation with Giles Scott-Smith (Berghahn Books, 2017). His last book, Américanisation. Une histoire mondiale XVIIIe-XXIes siècles (Fayard, 2020), has been awarded the « Grand Prix des Rendez-vous de l’Histoire de Blois » in 2021. He is one of the coordinators of a collective research project entitled « Rockefeller fellows as heralds of globalization : the circulation of knowledge, elites and practices of modernization (1920s-1970s). See a detailed list of his publications here.

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Pelle van Dijk

Pelle van Dijk is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (2017-2022). He is currently finishing his thesis focusing on the cooperation between the League’s Information Section and the League of Nations societies, the civil society organisations promoting the League in the member states. Looking at the activities of these various actors, he studies how the League had an active role in promoting moral disarmament. Using his case studies on India, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States, he shows how League officials and supporters tried to anchor both the League’s ideals as the institution itself firmly in the international world order. Previously, he completed his BA and MA (2016) at the University of Amsterdam, where he studied interwar Dutch public diplomacy.

Twitter: @pellevandijk

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