Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Koivunen, Pia
Organisation University of Turku
Project title
Mission Finland – Cold War cultural diplomacy at the crossroads of East and West
Decision No. 330071
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 477 806
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Project description
The Mission Finland project examines American, British and Soviet cultural operations in Finland during the Cold War period. We explore how foreign states attempted to have an impact on Finnish people and Finnish society by sending artistic tours to the country, organizing exhibitions and trying to influence media agendas. The project aims at creating a big picture of cultural Cold War in Finland, until now an internationally unknown dimension of a global phenomenon. The new interpretation and results provided by the project will widen public knowledge of the cultural Cold War and provide tools for understanding the legacies of Cold War cultural diplomacy and propaganda, and their ongoing influence on information warfare and soft power today. The project draws on historical qualitative methods and utilizes archival records, media materials, oral history interviews and visual materials.