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Poul Duedahl (born 1973) has published a number of award winning books and articles on modern cultural history and on the historical impact of international organizations. He serves as research director for an international research project on UNESCO's history.

Research profile

PhD, Associate Professor at the Center for History, Department of Culture & Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark. Secretary-General for the 29th Congress of Nordic Historians.

Currently working on a major research project on UNESCO's global impact, 1945-75, sponsored by the Danish Council for Independant Research (as part of its research career program Sapere Aude). Read more on the project's website:www.unesco.aau.dk. Specializes in global history and cultural encounters, the history of international organizations, and the history of science, education and culture.

Visiting Scholar at Fudan University, Shanghai, China in 2012-2013 and at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA in 2008. Long and short term stays at the United Nations Archives, UNESCO Archives, and at national archives, libraries and universities all over the world (China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Russia, Germany, South Africa, Ghana, USA and Brazil).

Guest lectures at several universities and research centers and papers presented at several international conferences, including at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, UNESCO headquarters and École normale supérieure in Paris, the European University Institute in Florence, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Russia), the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru), as well as at the International Congress of Historical Sciences, the American Historical Association's Annual Meeting and the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting.

Awards: History Book of the Year Award by the Danish History Council (2016), World Summit of Nobel Peace Price Laureates Award (2015), History Book of the Year Award by the Danish History Council (2013), Sapere Aude Research Career Program Award by the Danish Council for Independant Research (2013), and the Elite Research Scholarship by the Danish Ministry of Science (2007).

Selected publications [English]:

A history of UNESCO: Global Actions and Impacts, Palgrave Macmillan 2016, 340 p.

"UNESCO's Reeducation Activities in Postwar Japan and Germany", in A. Kulnazarova, etc. (ed.): UNESCO Without Borders, Routledge 2016, pp. 52-74.

"Selling Mankind: UNESCO and the Invention of Global History, 1945-76", Journal of World History, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2011, pp. 101-133.

"From Racial Strangers to Ethnic Minorities: On the Socio-Political Impact of UNESCO, 1945-60", in: Gregory A. Katsas (ed.), Current Issues in Sociology,Athens Institute for Education and Research 2012, p. 155-166.


Selected publications [Danish]:

Gudhjemtid, Aarhus: Aarhus Univeristetsforlag 2017, 100 p.

Fra overmenneske til UNESCO-menneske, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag 2017, 380 p. 

Ondskabens øjne, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2016, 366 p. [History Book of the Year 2016]

Nattens gerninger, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2015, 324 p.

Forbrydelsens ansigt, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2013, 340 p. [History Book of the Year 2013]

Introduktion til dokumentanalyse, Odense: University of Southern Denmark Press 2010, 154 p.

J.C. Christensen. Et politisk menneske, Copenhagen: Gyldendal 2006, 508 p.

J.C. Christensen. Dagbøger 1900-1908, Copenhagen: Gyldendal 2006, 495 p.

J.C. Christensens ministermødereferater 1916-1917, Copenhagen: Selskabet til Udgivelse af Kilder til Dansk Historie 2006, 120 p.

De måske udstødte. Historiens marginale eksistenser, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press 2005, 300 p.

Jeg har aldrig kendt mage til land. Rejseberetninger fra Danmark gennem 1000 år,Copenhagen: Aschehoug 2002, 318 p.


Online lectures [Danish]:

Forbrydelsens ansigt, part 1 (Danish Broadcasting Corporation, 2013)

Forbrydelsens ansigt, part 2 (Danish Broadcasting Corporation, 2013)

Den fødte forbryder (Danish Broadcasting Corporation 2011)

Den danske neandertaler (Danish Broadcasting Corporation 2011)


  • History

Projects 2003 2017

Kriminalitetens Kulturhistorie

Heinsen, J., Krogh, T., Søby, E. L. & Duedahl, P.


Project: Research

Collective Memory
World History

J.C. Christensen. En biografi.

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Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2019

Velkommen på bagsiden: Danmarkshistorien på vrangen

Duedahl, P., 2018, København: Gad. 388 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Fra overmenneske til UNESCO-menneske: Racebegrebet i Danmark 1890-1965

Duedahl, P., 2017, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag. 380 p. (University of Southern Denmark Studies in History and Social Sciences, Vol. 550).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Duedahl, P., 2017, Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag. 100 p. (100 Danmarkshistorier, Vol. 1).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The History of UNESCO: Global Actions and Impacts

Duedahl, P. (ed.), 2016, London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 338 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Ondskabens øjne: En biografi om Jens Nielsen

Duedahl, P., 2016, Gad. 368 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Sapere Aude: DFF-forskningsleder

Poul Duedahl (Recipient), 1 Jul 2013

Prize: Other prizes

Videnskabsministeriets EliteForsk-rejsestipendium

Poul Duedahl (Recipient), 1 Jan 2007

Prize: Scholarships

Weekendavisens Litteraturpris (nominering)

Poul Duedahl (Recipient), 14 Dec 2018

Prize: Other prizes

World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Award

Poul Duedahl (Recipient), 6 Apr 2015

Prize: Other prizes

Årets Historiske Bog 2018

Poul Duedahl (Recipient), 30 Mar 2019

Prize: Other prizes

Activities 2001 2019

American Historical Association's Annual Meeting 2018

Poul Duedahl (Participant)
5 Jan 2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Chinese University of Hong Kong: UNESCO, World Heritage and Global History in the Making

Poul Duedahl (Lecturer)
24 Oct 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers


Den Danske Historiske Forening (medlem af bestyrelsen) (External organisation)

Poul Duedahl (Member)
17 May 2016 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

Det 29. Nordiske Historikermøde

Poul Duedahl (Organizer)
15 Aug 201718 Aug 2017

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Press / Media

Mørkets fyrste

Poul Duedahl


1 Media contribution

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Professorforedrag i Them om danmarkshistoriens fraklip

Poul Duedahl


1 item of Media coverage

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Mørke i lyset

Poul Duedahl


2 items of Media coverage

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Stederne fortæller: Nye guidede ture tager dig med ind i Københavns historie

Poul Duedahl


1 item of Media coverage

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Danske dødsdomme

Poul Duedahl


1 Media contribution

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