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:

 

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...

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

Recently, Paisley's marvellous STAR Project completed a 9-month long, seasons inspired, arts based therapeutic intervention; ApArt. Funded by Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Fund, the project supported community members to address feelings of anxiety relating...

Project Echo – An Introduction

The hosting of major sports events provide many benefits for the host cities including increased funding for infrastructure and development. However, less is known on the impact on specific population groups. Project Echo is an online research forum seeking to...

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...

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...

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...

Qatar 2022: Sportswashing Success?

As the dust settles on Qatar’s World Cup, it is worth returning to consider some of the questions that were raised in the run-up to the tournament. Amid a public conversation about sportswashing – the use of sport to distract attention from human rights violations –...

Lockdown 2020 – A view from Kibble

Nearly 6 months on from when our country was first put into ‘lockdown’, I reflect on working at Kibble throughout this unprecedented time; I’m left with a smile, a sense of nostalgia and an overwhelming feeling of togetherness! Despite being an extremely difficult...

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...

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...