Cultural Diplomacy as Critical Practice: Report Launch


Los Pinos Declaration; photo courtesy of Mexico Ministry of Culture.

Premiering 7 June 2021:
10:00 (Los Angeles – Tijuana)
12:00 (Mexico City)
13:00 (Toronto)

View the launch and read the open access report by clicking here

The North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI) is pleased to announce the launch of Cultural Diplomacy as Critical Practice, a summit report. Please join us for a free panel discussion on the findings and recommendations of this report, followed by a Q and A. This event is hosted by Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), in partnership with Queen’s University, the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Southern California, and Universidad Iberoamericana. It will be presented in both Spanish and English.


“Unceded: Voices of the Land,” Venice Architecture Biennale; photo by Gerald McMaster.

About Cultural Diplomacy as Critical Practice

This report puts culture back into cultural diplomacy. Summarizing the lively conversations and debates during our first virtual summit, Cultural Diplomacy as Critical Practice, it marks the first of three research events taking place across North America that form the larger project, The Cultural Relations Approach to Diplomacy: Practice, Players, Policy. Bringing together academics and practitioners from both sides of the culture/diplomacy divide to consider the potential of a Cultural Relations approach to diplomatic activity broadly understood, the project aims to reframe current discussion around the relationship of “the cultural” to diplomacy in the study and practice of global relations.


Photo courtesy of NACDI.


NACDI is a multi-disciplinary research network of academics, policymakers and practitioners in the field of critical cultural diplomacy (CD) from North America and beyond.

By establishing a strategic network of networks, we aim to establish diplomacy as a critical practice and to raise cultural diplomacy’s profile as a valuable tool to foster global and intercultural relations – that is, to mobilize it to inform public policy development and implementation. Our interest lies in vitalizing the fullest range of core values and benefits of culture – not only culture as aesthetic pleasure and in its economic impact – to include social cohesion and resilience, education and self-development, democratic citizenship, collective expression and identity building for what a “new cultural diplomacy” at the intersection of the local/global could be.

This research summit in part took place on the lands known collectively as Turtle Island and was hosted by Queen’s University and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) in Los Angeles, California, and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. It is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada.

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