Papers are still accepted for the panel:

Art as Cultural Diplomacy

As part of the 4th Euroacademia International Conference 'Europe
Inside-Out: Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers',
Athens, Greece, 23 - 24 May 2014

Extended Deadline: 25 April 2014

Art as Cultural Diplomacy

Panel Organizer: Cassandra Sciortino, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panel Description

The panel “Art as cultural diplomacy” seeks papers that explore the
function of art (in its broadest definition) as an instrument of
cultural diplomacy by the state and, especially, by nongovernmental
actors. The main theme of the session is the question of art and
diplomacy in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Papers are welcome which explore issues related to the role of art,
diplomacy and the politicization of the European Union and its
candidate countries, as are those which consider how the arts have
pursued or resisted East-West dichotomies and other narratives of
alterity in Europe and worldwide.

This panel considers art as an instrument of cultural diplomacy and
the EU’s goal of an ‘ever closer union’. In the context of multiple
crises confronting Europe in recent years, how have the arts
contributed to the politicization of Europe? The panel intends to
assess the viability of consistent efforts aiming to emphasize how can
art be used to establish, develop, and sustain productive relations
between nations and other stakeholders in international relations. How
can it serve as a neutral platform for exchange? How might it be
employed as a vehicle for facilitating EU cohesion that is at once
inter-culturally flexible and cohesive enough to project a unifying
identity. How can public policy and other stakeholders craft a
framework to measure the degrees of difference between art as
instrument of cultural diplomacy or propaganda? Is it relevant to
consider the concept of E-Diplomacy that is the digital revolution and
the emergence of social media as platforms for art to communicate
across social, cultural, and national boundaries?

The panel seeks to combine a wide range of interdisciplinary
perspectives to explore how art–its various practices, history, and
theory–are an important area of inquiry in the expanding field of
cultural diplomacy. Selected papers will be invited for publication in
a book.

Some examples of topics include:

~ How can art serve as a neutral platform for exchange to promote
dialogue and understanding between foreign states?
~ How can art, including organized festivals (i.e. film, art, music.),
cultivate transnational identities that undermine dichotomies of East
and West, and other narratives of alterity in Europe and beyond it?
~ The implications for art as an instrument of diplomacy in a
postmodern age where geopolitics and power are increasingly mobilized
by image based structures of persuasion
~ How has/can art facilitate cohesion between European Union member
states and candidate states that effectively responds to the EU’s
efforts to create “unity in diversity.”
~ The politics of mapping Europe: mental and cartographic
~ Community based art as a social practice to engage issues of
European identity
~ The difference between art as cultural diplomacy and propaganda
~ The digital revolution and the emergence of social media as
platforms for art to communicate across social, cultural, and national
~ Diplomacy in the history of art in Europe
~ Artists as diplomats
~ Art history as diplomacy–exhibitions, post-colonial criticism,
global art history, and other revisions to the conventional boundaries
of Europe and its history of art
~ The international activity of cultural institutes

Please apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words
together with the details of affiliation by 25th of April 2014 to
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The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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