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Cultural Diplomacy as Critical Practice : a virtual summit

Session 2: Beyond State Centrism: Addressing the Limits of Diplomacy

Building on the first session’s problematization and expansion of the “culture in cultural diplomacy,” this
session aims to interrogate the Western epistemological basis of diplomacy and thus move away from
conceptualizations of cultural diplomacy as, exclusively, an institutionalized practice of the “international” system of states and of its professional diplomats and policy-makers. In this session, we ask
participants to assess the implications of the state-centric interpretations of cultural diplomacy offered
by academics and practitioners on the “diplomatic side.”

About this Event
This research summit, Cultural Diplomacy as Critical Practice, responds to increasing calls for analyses of cultural diplomacy informed by the methodologies and approaches of the cultural disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

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