As part of the Fifth Euroacademia International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ in Bologna, Italy on 14-15 October 2016, 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. 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.
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