This book is the first in a dedicated series that explores questions of cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations.
Drawing on a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, it throws new light on the function and operation of policies that seek to change attitudes, values and behaviours across national boundaries and in diverse geocultural contexts. The specific policies explored relate to ways in which sites of past violence and atrocity are deployed in strategies of soft power; to the contribution of culture to EU enlargement; to the use of the Russian language as a soft power resource; to the singularities of the Indian cultural diplomacy; to cultural diplomacy as elite legitimation; to the role of diaspora relations in European cultural diplomacy; to the use of film in post-war cultural diplomacy; and to the role assigned to culture in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement.
Scholars interested in how cultural and foreign policy intersect in widely differing national contexts will find this book an invaluable resource. It was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Cultural Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations 1. Soft power and dark heritage: multiple potentialities 2. European integration through ‘soft conditionality’: The contribution of culture to EU enlargement in Southeast Europe 3. Soft power, Russia and the former Soviet states: a case study of Russian language and education in Armenia 4. Cultural diplomacy: India does it differently 5. Cultural diplomacy in Qatar: between ‘virtual enlargement’, national identity construction and elite legitimation 6. European cultural diplomacy: diaspora relations with Kazakhstan 7. De-demonising Japan? Transitioning from war to peace through Japan’s cinematic post-war cultural diplomacy in UNESCO’s Orient project 1957–1959 8. Cultural diversity and free trade: the case of the EU-Canada agreement
Oliver Bennett is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick, UK. His publications include Cultures of Optimism: The Institutional Promotion of Hope (2015); The Social Impact of the Arts: An Intellectual History (with Eleonora Belfiore, 2008); and Cultural Pessimism: Narratives of Decline in the Postmodern World (2001). He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Cultural Policy.