Arts, Cultural Diplomacy & Soft Power

Arts, Cultural Diplomacy & Soft Power

This theme includes:

  • major and mega events as vehicles of cultural diplomacy
  • sport diplomacy

The Centre will develop further a key area of expertise around cultural diplomacy. Two members of our staff Profs McPherson and Kosmala are members of the European Cultural Parliament. The University runs three Masters programmes in Cultural Diplomacy and International Events, International Music and Global Governance in conjunction with the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.  We also have 6 PhD students working in Cultural Diplomacy and sport, arts and post conflict. Our work to date in this area has included commissioned work for the British Council examining whether and how the arts contribute to the aims, aspirations and delivery of soft power and what the arts value and contribution is to this agenda. What are the conditions for change the arts can create within a soft power agenda and how do we develop a creditable evidence base and framework or Theory of Change to measure the impact of the arts in the delivery of soft power outcomes. We have presented to the UK Government’s Committee on Soft Power and contributed to Kings College London workshop on Cultural Diplomacy.  

We have recently been commissioned to undertake further work for the British Council examining the contribution of art and culture in global security and stability (July 2018). 

 

PhD students who are currently undertaking research around this theme include Solomon Ilevbare, whose research includes examining sport as a tool for promoting closer dialogue and integration in a multicultural society, a tool to surge for development and the promotion of a peaceful relationship in the international community.  Find out more about Solomon and our other PhD students on our Associates page.

Blogs on this theme:

 

Festivals, Events & the COVID-19 Pandemic

CCSE Deputy Director Professor David McGillivray has recently published the following blog post as part of the FESTSPACE project he leads discussing the impact and implications of COVID-19 on the festivals, events and public spaces that project is investigating. This...

Sport Diplomacy & the Pandemic of Racism: Addressing Issues on Athletic Activism & Protest

COVID-19 has hugely affected - and is still affecting - lives across the world. Isolation, economic shutdown and contact tracing have impacted our psychology, our daily routines and social activities. Among many effects, the potential threat to people's mental health,...

FESTSPACE in Gdansk: Public Spaces – Culture & Integration in Europe Conference

On 11-12th September 2019, CCSE’s Professor David McGillivray and Dr Severin Guillard attended the conference “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe” as part of their HERA-funded project, FESTSPACE. This 2-day conference was a good opportunity to meet with...

The Olympic Games as a Weak Excuse

The Aim of my research as a PhD student over the last two and half years has been to examine how the Japanese and Tokyo governments, through sports diplomacy, will use the Olympic Games as a soft power tool. The phrase ‘the Olympic Games as a Weak excuse’ stems from...

UKRI Place Based Partnership – Evidence Review Launch

At the beginning of 2020, colleagues from STAR Project, Renfrewshire Council and the University of the West of Scotland organised a workshop, Paisley Art & Soul. The workshop brought together members of Renfrewshire’s local communities and other stakeholders to...

Covid 19: Participatory Action Research as Emergency Response

Never in my professional or academic career has my field of study and work been more relevant than over the last seven months. For the last decade I have been committed to playing my part in addressing digital inequality. I have highlighted, in both practice and...

Create Paisley’s Second Open Minds Summit

CCSE were partners to the Open Mind Summit along with Future Paisley, Renfrewshire Leisure, Kibble. The second annual summit hosted by Create Paisley launched the day before World Mental Health Day. It explored the role of creativity and culture in improving mental...

‘Au revoir’ FESTSPACE & CCSE (But Hopefully Not An ‘Adieu’!)

This Thursday, I complete my last day at UWS before I move back to France to start a permanent job as a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Amiens. As I have been a member of CCSE over the last two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the FESTSPACE project, I...

#ArtandSoul; Improving Community Wellbeing & Prosperity through Culture

On a blustery Friday afternoon, hardy and rain-spotted folk from in and around Paisley gathered at the Beechwood Community Centre in Shortroods to take part in the first of the workshops planned as part of our UKRI funded place-based partnership project:Improving...

The contribution of culture to global security and stability

On the 3rd July 2019, I presented at the Global Strategy Forum, in the National Liberal Club, in Whitehall, London. Global Strategy Forum is an open forum, founded in 2006 and dedicated to the promotion of fresh thinking and active debate on foreign affairs, defence...