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5th Seminar: Evgenia Palieraki, "Building the Third World. South American Experts in Cold War Algeria, 1962-1978"

Palieraki Evgenia (Université Cergy-Pontoise)
Antonis Liakos (National Kapodistrian University of Athens)


Recent historiography has shown that not only great powers, but also countries traditionally viewed as peripheral molded the Cold War international scenery. These “peripheral” countries also developed a common and imaginary identification to a revolutionary Third World. Being a political concept and a field for political action, the Third World became a privileged space for the circulation of revolutionary activists and ideas between distant countries and continents, both geographically and culturally. Within the Third World, Algeria played a central role as a global hub for revolutionary movements and ideas. Recent studies have addressed its leading role in Third World politics and within the Non-Aligned Movement by focusing on the militant and diplomatic dimensions. In this talk, I will instead be focusing on another aspect: the economists, the jurists, the architects and engineers who came from other “peripheral” countries, namely from South America. Once in Algeria, these militant experts developed a professional and militant action, either as political exiles or as members of international organizations. Thus, not only they decisively contributed to the construction of the Algerian postcolonial state but they also participated in the transnational and transregional production of a Third World epistemology, which aspired to compete with countries like US or USSR that are traditionally viewed as core countries for the production of political ideas.

Date and Time: Monday 3 February 2020, 17.00-19.00

Venue: National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vas. Konstantinou av., Athens, groundfloor, Seminars' room, metro "Evangelismos" or bus station "NHRF"). 



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