The course offers an overview of the main approaches and concepts in cultural diplomacy, mixing a historical perspective with the study of contemporary practices in the framework of diplomatic, sociological, cultural and communication studies. By combining frontal teaching, group work and individual presentations, the course will introduce students to the different applications of cultural diplomacy and cultural relations in North America, Europe and other regions of the world. This year, in particular, the course will host a special online module on the Euro-Mediterranean intercultural trends and social change in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED).
Students will be acquainted with the main actors and strategies of cultural diplomacy both at the state and non-state level. Using a role-playing format, students will be asked to reflect upon the role of cultural diplomacy for nation-states, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, the private sector, civil society and ‘unconventional’ actors. The impact of structural, social and technological changes on ‘cultural diplomacy’ and ‘cultural relations’ will be examined.