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Mediating the Right to Education: An Analysis of UNESCO’s Exhibition Album on Human Rights and Its Global Dissemination in 1951
Kesteloot, Stefanie
In pressIn Priem, Karin; Comas Rubi, Francisca; Gonzalez, Sara (Eds.) Media Matter: Images as Presenters, Mediators and Means of Observation
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Keywords :
Education; Visual studies; Exhibition
Abstract :
[en] The end of the Second World War was the start of a new era, with worldwide support for a Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). As a UN organisation, UNESCO was assigned to present the UDHR towards the global population in an effort to guide them to peace. In 1949, their Department of Mass Communication created three tools to promote human rights: a large-scale exhibition at the Musée Galliera in Paris, a travel album, and teaching handbooks. In my chapter, I will focus on the travel album, and in particular, on article 26: “The Right to Education”. As in the album, the right is represented by a number of images and captions, all related to this article of the UDHR. I will analyse the visuals and the corresponding texts from an intermediate perspective. Does the narrative created by UNESCO actually relate to the meaning of the pictures? Then, I will analyse the global correspondence received on the travel album. How did the viewers understand the album and was it as comprehensible as UNESCO thought? This chapter argues that the promotion and mediation of human rights were based on Western standards of education, making it difficult to spread a universal message.
Research center :
- Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Public History and Outreach (PHO)
Disciplines :
History
Author, co-author :
Kesteloot, Stefanie ;  University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Public History and Outreach
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Mediating the Right to Education: An Analysis of UNESCO’s Exhibition Album on Human Rights and Its Global Dissemination in 1951
Publication date :
In press
Main work title :
Media Matter: Images as Presenters, Mediators and Means of Observation
Editor :
Priem, Karin  
Comas Rubi, Francisca
Gonzalez, Sara
Publisher :
De Gruyter
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Educational Sciences
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