A new MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is offered by the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy and Dubrovnik International University:
Cultures in dialogue: relations between the French-speaking and English-speaking worlds in the area of languages and cultures
13 – 14 May 2011 at the Institut Français, London
Registration for the conference is now open: http://www.soton.ac.uk/ml/research/cultures_dialogue.html
The colloquium seeks to respond to the growing importance of relations between cultures in the 21st century.
The tensions and complexities in relations between languages and cultures are highlighted by the relations between the French-speaking and English-speaking worlds. The two languages both serve to support international communication and to give a voice to many different cultures. Their relations have included misunderstandings and conflicts, but have also given rise to dialogue and cooperation.
The colloquium will consider all countries and all organisations in which the two cultures have met over the last half-century, without excluding longer term perspectives. It will also focus on the way in which teaching can address the issues of cultural dialogue.
The report on the cultural dimensions of the EU’s external actions (2010/2161(INI)), drafted by Marietje Schaake, has been approved by the Committee on Culture and Education (with amendments) on the 17 March 2011.
The document awaits Parliament 1st reading, scheduled for May. To keep up to date with the procedure, link to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5869772 and subscribe to the Observatory tracker.
PhD Theses reflecting on the connections between cultural diplomacy and language export and examining the policies and practices of the UK, France, Germany, Brazil and Portugal in the setting of “Portuguese-speaking” Africa : “Languages at War in Lusophone Africa: External Language Spread Policies in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau at the turn of the 21st Century” by Carla Figueira, City University, 2010.
Available through the British Library (http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do) and City University.
Another theses focusing on cultural diplomacy is “The role of cultural diplomacy in the politics of ASEAN regionalism: the case of Thailand” by Chonlatee Chanrachakul, University of Nottingham, 2005.
Available through the University of Nottingham.
The Belgian Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission publish a compilation of projects regarded as good practice in establishing synergies between culture and development. The projects were funded by international cooperation in favour of developing countries.
To download the publication: http://www.culture-dev.eu/pdf/fr/BD-Unesco-EN-DE.pdf
Turkey has grabbed quite a few international headlines in the wake of the spreading unrest in the Middle East, but when it comes to winning over Western public opinion, this country still faces an uphill battle.
Politicians blame Western prejudice, growing racism and the wave of Islamophobia that developed after Sept. 11 for this state of affairs. Their criticism is justified, up to a point. But they also have to recognize that Turkey is a complex country and it often sends out mixed messages. In the past couple of years, internal polarization has only blurred the picture further.
To read the whole article and to see the reactions, please go to: http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-236269-cultural-diplomacy.html
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