The Culture of International Society: How Europe's Cultural
Treaties Forged a Global Concept of Culture, 1919-1968
The project is lead by Benjamin Martin, Uppsala University and
affiliated to Humlab. In this project he aims to use cultural
treaties - agreements among states that promote and regulate
artistic, intellectual, and cultural exchange - as a historical
source with which to explore the emergence of a global concept of
culture in the twentieth century. Specifically, the project will
investigate the hypothesis that this concept, in contrast to
earlier ideas of civilization, played a key role in the
consolidation of the post-World War II international order.
The project examines bilateral cultural treaties from 1919, when
the first such agreements were signed, to 1972, by which time such
treaties regulated a fully global network of cultural relations. I
approach these treaties as sources for the history of ideas, and as
a data set, using computer-assisted quantitative analysis to
analyze and visualize how these treaties contributed to the spread
of cultural concepts and to the development of transnational
cultural networks. In this digital part of the research I am
supported by the good people of Humlab.
Research on this project is supported by a grant from the Swedish Foundation for
Humanities and Social Sciences.