The Malady of UNESCO’s Archive


  • Peter Jackson History of Religions, Stockholm University, Sweden



ultural heritage, Eugenics, Julian Huxley, Transhumanism, UNESCO, Voyager spacecrafts


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.


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