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Symposium OverviewSince the end of the Second World War, Europe has undergone multiple transformations in the socio-cultural, political, and economic spheres. Although post-war countries initially focused on rebuilding their internal structures and preserving their national identities, real attempts have also been made at establishing a “free” and “united” Europe.
The creation of the Council of Europe in 1949 paved the way for enhanced cultural, social, and economic cooperation. Today, the European Union consists of 27 member states, all of which work closely together to develop policies to facilitate the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital across borders. Although the EU has made great strides in the past six decades- both politically and economically- the region still faces challenges in terms of delivering prosperity, bridging the gap between institutions and citizens, and creating a common and collective “European Identity.”
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU will therefore offer participants a platform to discuss the present and future challenges of the European Union, including best practices for successful integration. Furthermore, the Conference will elaborate on the role of Cultural Diplomacy in improving European relations, enhancing cross-cultural collaboration, building democratic governance, and sustaining peace and stability in the region.
Symposium LocationsBased in Berlin, the Conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city, and will consist of excursions to the country's top institutions and landmarks.
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Symposium SpeakersSpeakers during the Conference will include dignitaries, heads of state, ministers, politicians, diplomats, academics, authors, human rights activist, journalists, and artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here
Certificate of AttendanceAll Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD Advisory Board.
The overall objective of the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU is to facilitate a cross-cultural understanding and open-minded exchange of views on a range of salient issues surrounding the European Union. Participants will also be invited to contribute to the development of creative solutions and recommendations to achieve a more effective and integrated Europe.
The Conference will focus in particular on the following areas: