Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | The Malady of UNESCO’s Archive

Title:
The Malady of UNESCO’s Archive
Author:
Peter Jackson: History of Religions, Stockholm University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461015
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Year:
2014
Volume:
6
Theme:

Independent Articles

Pages:
1015-1024
No. of pages:
10
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2014-10-01


This paper offers a critical examination of UNESCO’s cultural heritage conventions with special regard to the declared transhumanism of the organization’s first director-general, Sir Julian Huxley. While Huxley’s advocation of eugenics is a well-established fact, this part of his intellectual heritage is usually not considered overtly aligned to his ideas about cultural preservation. On closer consideration, however, improvement and preservation (both cultural and biological) turn out to be closely associated concerns in the field of Huxley’s intellectual vision.

Keywords: ultural heritage; Eugenics; Julian Huxley; Transhumanism; UNESCO; Voyager spacecrafts

Volume 6, Theme:

Independent Articles

, Article 56, 2014
Author:
Peter Jackson
Title:
The Malady of UNESCO’s Archive:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461015
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  • Volume 6, Theme::

    Independent Articles

    , Article 56, 2014
    Author:
    Peter Jackson
    Title:
    The Malady of UNESCO’s Archive:
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1461015
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