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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Rósa Magnúsdóttir, History, Aarhus University

Cold War Lives: Cultural Diplomacy and the Biographical Turn

Info about event


Monday 15 June 2020,  at 14:15 - 15:15


Online via Zoom

Due to the corona crisis and the physical lockdown of the university and the physical distancing, the seminar will be held online, via Zoom:

Zoom link: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/64420039284

Invited Speaker:
Rósa Magnúsdóttir, Associate Professor at the Department of History, Aarhus University 


To date, most biographies about the Cold War period are political biographies or they cater to a popular interest in spies and dictators. But how do we move from a focus on statesmen and spies and what can the lives of non-statesmen teach us about the Cold War? In my current research, I focus on individuals involved in Cold War cultural diplomacy and their transnational networks. Showing how individual actors navigated the superpower competitions and the ideological struggle, my biographical writing aims to shift the focus from a dominantly political narrative to a focus on lives lived in the context of the cultural Cold War.

Short bio

I am Associate Professor of History at Aarhus University, with a focus on cultural diplomacy, propaganda, and ideology during the Cold War. My most recent publications focus on the Soviet-American cultural Cold War and European soft power and public diplomacy.

See Rósa Magnúsdóttir's Research

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary.