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:

 

Light in the Dark Days

On an average Monday morning at Wallace Street, I start my working day greeted by Margaret with her little Chihuahua pup in arms. She tells me about her latest knitted dog coat purchase as other bodies start to shuffle through the narrow corridor. We settle in a...

Doctoral Student Launches Street Library in Colombia

A doctoral student and research associate at UWS Greis Cifuentes has also found the time to launch a Street Library program - “Libros a la Calle” - in Ibagué, Colombia. The program seeks to facilitate social cohesion alongside the appropriation of public spaces. It is...

The Effects of COVID 19 on the Cultural Sector, a View from Colombia

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to take hold, the world is being shaken in ways not seen in recent memory. The virus has affected practically all sectors of the economy and it was to expect that the culture would not be shielded from the fall out. In Colombia, the...

CCSE Professors Contribute to Tokyo Policy Forum on the Paralympics and Social Change

CCSE Professors, David McGillivray and Gayle McPherson recently returned from a week in Tokyo, Japan, as part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Japan-UK project focused on the Paralympic Games and Social Change. The project is designed to build...

Coal & Iron

My PhD revolves around the discipline of Creative Economics, which sounds like a euphemism for financial crime. Its first commandment may be Richard Florida’s statement “Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron once...

Creative Learning – Fundamental not Ornamental

'Articulate is a niche and specialist charity that has equality, diversity and inclusion at its core and co-designs services that benefit Scotland’s most vulnerable young people, especially those who are care experienced, at risk, seeking asylum or living in poverty...

#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...

Invisible Threads

German philosopher and cultural critic Fredrich Nietzsche once said “invisible threads are the strongest ties”. As well as being reminiscent of Paisley’s very own Sma Shot, there is the undeniable truth that the invisible threads Nietzsche refers to are what binds our...

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...

Memorialisation, Heritage & Funding at Fort Jesus, Mombasa

As part of the delivery of  cultural heritage training workshops that took place in Mombasa, Kenya from 12-16 November 2019 - as part of the British Council funded Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth project - Drs Stephen Collins and Allan Moore took a trip to Fort...