Glocal diplomacy of Louvre Abu Dhabi: museum diplomacy on the cross-roads of local, national and global ambitions
Cultural diplomacy has traditionally been a strategic instrument of national governments to achieve foreign policy objectives. Nation states have supported the international missions of museums to promote national cultural ideas and values abroad to pursue strategic geopolitical interests. However, in the twenty-first century the complex process of neoliberal globalisation and political decentralisation have transformed traditional cultural diplomacy based on exclusively national projections. There are new forms, channels and narratives of cultural diplomacy that emerge with the appearance of new types of cultural institutions, such as franchise museums, like Guggenheim Bilbao, Hermitage Amsterdam or Louvre Abu Dhabi. This article explores the case of Louvre Abu Dhabi to exemplify the phenomenon of ‘glocal’ museum diplomacy that rests on global ambitions of the local Abu Dhabi government and at the same time draws on national aspirations of France to strengthen its geopolitical presence and influence in the Middle East. The article identifies multiple museum narratives that transform museum diplomacy from a bilateral, state-initiated strategic activity into a multilateral and multidirectional endeavour engaging stakeholders and audiences on local, national and global levels.
This article examines one of the first cases of political rupture in the history of Soviet cultural diplomacy, whose main character was a Romanian writer Panaït Istrati. After his stay in the Soviet Union in 1927-1928, Istrati returns to France and publishes interviews and book where he criticizes the USSR. In 1927 Soviet press constructs the image of Istrati as a revolutionary writer, whose works were very popular in the country, but in 1929 it changes drastically its attitude toward Istrati, accusing him now of fraud and cooperation with the secret services.
7 - 8 April 2016 Department of Tourism and Special Programs of the State Hermitage Museum holds an annual round table "Museum and the problem of" cultural tourism "is proposed to discuss the problems of museum visitors, inter-museum projects, new special programs aimed at improving the museum tourism, the prospects of cooperation of museums. with tourism organizations, questions of the Russian Federation state program "Development of culture and tourism" on the years 2016-2020, and other issues related to the theme of the Round table.
Due to China’s growing efforts aimed at spreading of Chinese culture all over the world and intense work on constructing favorable image of the country abroad Confucius Institutes have come underincreasing scrutiny. The main declared aim of the organization is to accommodate foreigners in learning Chinese language. However controversies that have accompanied its international expansion push scholars to study this instrument of China’s public diplomacy in depth. The article analyses work of Confucius Institute at Saint-Petersburg state university focusing on critics of its work and discussing disputable moments. The author concludes host universities can benefit from Confucius Institutes.
The article presents a discursively oriented international and transnational approach to the Salzburg Festival's musical-political history in the local, national, and global context. Standing at the crossroads between the prestige politics of post–World War II Salzburg, the U.S. occupation, and the nation of France, these musicians contributed to the construction of imageries of musical Frenchness and to France's musical prestige. However, public relations efforts played an important role too, as the example of the Chorale de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg illustrates. Triumphs and controversies of French musical diplomacy in Salzburg illuminate the dynamics of interaction among cultural diplomats, musicians, and various publics and impact the postwar Austrian cultural discourse.
The project is designed to stimulate interest of citizens of the Asian-Pacific region (APR) to research the objects of Russian cultural. In the course of the project, four interactive excursions were held in the scientific museum of the rare book of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). Foreign students of the FEFU became the students of the excursions.
During the 1920s and 1930s thousands of European and American writers, professionals, scientists, and artists came to record their impressions of the "Soviet experiment". The interwar pilgrimage of these Western intellectuals and fellow-travelers remains one of the most notorious episodes in political and intellectual history. Showcasing the Great Experiment, incorporating far-reaching analysis of the declassified archival records of the agencies charged with crafting the international image of communism, brings this story into new focus as one of the great cross-cultural and trans-ideological encounters of the twentieth century. While many visitors were profoundly affected by their Soviet tours, so too was the Soviet system itself: the early experiences of building showcases and teaching outsiders to perceive the future-in-the-making constitute a neglected part of the emergence of Stalinism at home. This pioneering work of transnational history develops a new framework for understanding how and why many of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers, including Henri Barbusse, Theodore Dreiser, Lion Feuchtwanger, and André Gide, among others, ardently defended Stalin's USSR despite the unprecedented violence of its prewar decade. Probing little-known, covert entanglements between far-left and far-right ideological extremes, the work pays special attention to Soviet attempts to recruit and cooperate with far-right nationalists, including German <"National Bolsheviks,>" fascist intellectuals, and even members of the Nazi Party. The Soviet preoccupation with molding Western public opinion resulted in an influential contribution to the history of modern cultural diplomacy. Setting the revolutionary regime's innovations against the context of the treatment of foreigners in Russia from Muscovy on, Showcasing the Great Experiment argues that interwar Soviet methods mobilizing the intelligentsia for the international ideological contest directly paved the way for the cultural Cold War.
Readership: Scholars and students of Russian and Soviet history; Slavists; historians with an interest in transnational and cross-cultural history; historians of international cultural history
Esta publicación, de carácter académico, ofrece, de la mano de especialistas rusos y españoles, una visión de conjunto de la historia de las relaciones hispano-rusas —diplomáticas, económicas y científi co-culturales—. En sus páginas, se presta particular atención a las cuestiones relacionadas con la recepción cultural, al análisis de los paralelismos creativos en España y Rusia, a la historia del pensamiento, y a los temas artísticos. La edición es bilingüe y está dirigida tanto a especialistas del ámbito de las ciencias humanas y sociales, como a todos aquellos lectores interesados por las relaciones hispano-rusas.