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:

 

Exploring Modern Slavery in James Town

As principle investigator for the Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network funded project Hidden Histories: the untold stories of Slavery and James Town, I have spent a good deal of time in Ghana over the last twelve months. I have been traveling to, and working in, Ghana for...

The Effects of Covid-19 on European Cultural Relations & the implications for Policy Makers

A couple of weeks ago, in October, CCSE premiered the latest instalment of #CCSEConversations series. On this occasion, CCSE Director Professor Gayle McPherson spoke with Gitte Zschoch - Director of EUNIC the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture....

Arts & Loneliness: Reflections from Lockdown

Exploring what arts and culture have to offer efforts to prevent loneliness is the focus of my PhD research. Loneliness is a subjective feeling of a gap between the relationships a person wants and what they have. Three types of loneliness have been described in...

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...

Arts, Culture and Soft Power: Developing an Evidence Base:

Arts, Culture and Soft Power: Developing an Evidence BaseArts, Culture and Soft Power: Developing an Evidence Base: Commissioned by the British Council, this work examined the use of arts and culture in the achievement of soft power objectives. The research team...

The Creative Road to Recovery

I can’t quite believe it’s been a year since I took a seat at my dining room table and mastered the virtual meeting world to join Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team for a vital discussion: what are the needs of the Creative and Cultural Sector in Renfrewshire?...

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...

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...

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,...

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...