Voluntariness Up For Debate – Lecture and Workshop with Sandrine Kott

On June 20, 2022, our team from the subprojects “Voluntariness and Decolonization” and “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” welcome historian Sandrine Kott (University of Geneva) for a workshop and evening lecture at the Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien in Gotha.

We cordially invite you to Sandrine Kott’s evening lecture from 6 – 8 p.m. entitled “Planning and Engineering in Cold War Europe and Beyond. International Organizations at Work.” The lecture is based on her recently published book Organiser le monde: Une autre historie de la guerre froide (Seuil, 2021; English translation forthcoming). Her research interests in labor history, the history of the welfare state in the 20th century, and the history of international organizations offer many points of connection to our ongoing work on voluntariness, especially within (trans)national and global contexts.

The event will take place in person at the Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien in Gotha on June 20, 2022. The lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will be held in the Seminar Room of the Pagenhaus (Schloss Friedenstein – Pagenhaus | Schlossplatz 1 | 99867 Gotha). Additionally, you may contact Carolyn Taratko for a Webex-Link, to join the event online!

Additionally, there will be a workshop in the afternoon, between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., where we will discuss aspects of our work with Sandrine Kott. Guests are cordially invited to join the discussion. Since seating is limited, we ask that you register in advance by sending an email directly to Carolyn. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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