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Study day


The UNESCO Archives and the C²DH are co-organizing a study day on Wednesday 4 December 2019 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.


The morning session will showcase highlights from the digital collections of the UNESCO Archives which resulted from the two-year pilot project Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History, funded by UNESCO Member State Japan. In addition, members of the UNESCO Archives will outline future prospects for digitizing their archives and the vast amount of work that still needs to be accomplished.

The afternoon session will focus on a research and book project carried out collaboratively by the UNESCO Archives and the C²DH. The project, entitled They Did Not Stop at Eboli: UNESCO and the Campaign against Illiteracy in a Reportage by David “Chim” Seymour and Texts by Carlo Levi (1950), is not only a successful example of the benefits of the UNESCO digitization project; it also illustrates the historical importance of the UNESCO Archives. It is through joint projects with researchers that the UNESCO Archives can enhance their impact on research and their public outreach. They Did Not Stop at Eboli: UNESCO and the Campaign against Illiteracy in a Reportage by David “Chim” Seymour and Texts by Carlo Levi (1950) is the first open access volume in the series Appearances: Studies in Visual Research (De Gruyter) and also marks the start of a new UNESCO book series entitled UNESCO Archives: Treasures Within. The book will officially appear on 4 December.


Wednesday 4 December 2019
Room IX at the UNESCO Headquarters
7, place de Fontenoy


To register for the study day, please contact Ms. Bakkali-Hassani at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicating your surname, first name and your institution of affiliation (university for example)



Morning Session: Digital Harvest and Future Challenges


9:45-10:00 Welcome and Introduction

Ingrid Regien (CIO/KMI)

10:00-10:20 UNESCO Archives’ Digitization Programme

Adama Aly Pam (Chief Archivist/ALR)

10:20-10:50 Overview of the Collections Digitized So Far

Adam Cowling (Project Manager of Phase 1 of Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History)

10:50-11:10 Coffee break

11:10-11:30 Focus on the Selection of Digitized Recordings

Eng Sengsavang (Reference Archivist)

11:30-11:50 Focus on the Selection of Digitized Films

Maëva Nguyen (Project Assistant of Phase 1 of Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History)

11:50-12:30 Discussion

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

Afternoon Session: Impact on Research and Successful Collaboration


14:00-14:10 Introduction to the Afternoon Session

Ingrid Regien (CIO/KMI), Adama Aly Pam (Chief Archivist/ALR), together with the co-organizers Karin Priem (University of Luxembourg) & Giovanna Hendel 

14:10-14:30 Presentation of the Publication They Did not Stop at Eboli by co-editors

Giovanna Hendel (UNESCO Archives), Carole Naggar (Independent Photography Historian) & Karin Priem (University of Luxembourg)) 

14:30-14:50 Q&A

14:50-15:10 Drawing on UNESCO’s Archival Sources to Research Literacy Campaigns in Latin America in the 1950s

Stefanie Kesteloot (University of Luxembourg)

15:10-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-15:50 Shared Themes between Past and Present Educational Campaigns by UNESCO

Noah Sobe (Loyola University Chicago and UNESCO Senior Project Officer)

15:50-16:10 The Early Years of the Magnum Photos Cooperative and Humanist Photography

Clara Bouveresse (Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne)

16:10-16:30 Magnum Photos Archives & Magnum Photos Endowment Fund

Naïma Kaddour (Magnum Photos) & Ana Cruz Yábar (Magnum Photos Endowment Fund)

16:30-17:00 Round Table and Open Discussion





Generous support for this project has been provided by the People of Japan


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