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Cultural Diplomacy

European University Institute via FutureLearn


Explore the definitions and methods of cultural diplomacy

What does cultural diplomacy mean? How does it work in practice? What effect does it have in today’s world? Get the answers with this introduction to cultural diplomacy.

You will explore whether cultural diplomacy is about intercultural dialogue and engagement between different countries or whether it could be understood as one type of public diplomacy. You will consider the role of state actors and international organisations as well as that of non-state actors (including types of cultural and educational institutions). You will also consider the emerging EU strategy of cultural diplomacy.

This course is an introduction to cultural diplomacy for people working in foreign policy, public policy, arts, culture and heritage.


  • Concepts of cultural diplomacy
    • Introducing cultural diplomacy
    • Cultural cooperation
    • Public diplomacy
    • Soft power
    • Towards transnational cultural relations
  • Governance of cultural diplomacy
    • Introducing week 2
    • International organisations
    • Cities and regions in cultural diplomacy
    • Privatising cultural diplomacy?
    • Grassroots international cultural relations?
    • What role for states in cultural diplomacy?
  • European cultural diplomacy
    • Introducing week 3
    • Europeanising cultural cooperation
    • The European soft power
    • The future of cultural diplomacy in Europe
    • Wrapping up the course

Taught by

Jeremie Molho



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