Development volunteering programmes and the cultural history of foreign aid

This project plans to examine the cultural history of foreign aid through the study of development volunteering programs in Australia, Britain and the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. By examining programs that attracted the public's attention to foreign aid policy, it seeks to ascertain how mainstream ideas about development and the Third World developed and to trace the political impact of popular opinion on the foreign aid system. It is anticipated that this project will extend emerging scholarship on the cultural history of international affairs and expand our understanding of Australian perceptions of Asia.

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Agnieszka Sobocinska
National Centre for Australian StudiesSchool of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

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