The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2011

"The Roles and Responsibilities of the US and Europe in a Changing World Order: Evaluating the Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions"

(Washington D.C.; May 18th - 21st, 2011)

"The Language of Art and Music" is a component of the International Symposium 2011, which is designed to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. Artists and practitioners will share their perspectives alongside renowned academics and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector.

The use of culture and art to promote dialogue and understanding is a field that, though the subject of much scholarly attention, has had little impact on the behavior and activities of national governments and other stakeholders in international relations. Moreover, whilst there is a widespread agreement of the value of culture and art in raising awareness of cultural differences, there is less understanding of the potential for culture and art to offer a neutral platform for mutual cultural exchange, to transform cultural differences and unite people through emotions. "The Language of Art and Music" component will work to bridge the gap between theory and practice by bringing together artists with academic experts and key figures in international relations to discuss the importance of these artistic disciplines. "The Language of Art and Music" will provide an opportunity for in-depth analysis of relevant case studies from across the world. By including both empirical and theoretical analyses, and by hosting an interdisciplinary panel of speakers from across the world, the program will provide a thorough and innovative examination of the language of art and music.

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