Research Seminar on EU Multi-Level Cultural Diplomacy towards the US
June 27, 2018
Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS Simon Schunz and EL-CSID Project Researcher Riccardo Trobbiani will present their paper that examined to what extent and why the EU engages in cultural diplomacy vis-à-vis the US at the United University Institute- CRIS in Bruges.
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Presentation at Conference on Diplomacy in the 21st Century
June 25-26, 2018
EL-CSID Senior Researcher Richard Higgott presented his paper "The Failed Promise of EU Cultural and Science Diplomacy" in Paris at the Conference on Diplomacy in the 21st Century- Behind the diplomat, the negotiator?. The Conference dealt with the role of the diplomat as experienced by its practitioners, on the decisive moments of diplomatic action, its conditions and its consequences.
EL-CSID researchers Jerneja Penca, Antoine Hatzenberger (EMUNI) and Elke Boers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) attended the MERID Final Conference "Towards an Increased EU-Middle East STI Cooperation" in Portoroz, Slovenia. The MERID project partners presented the results of the project and shared their valuable insights and recommendations on future cooperation between the EU and the Middle Eastern countries in Science, Technology and Innovation.
EL-CSID researcher Selin Naciye Senocak (Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques) delivers a seminar on "EU Neighbourhood Policies and the role of Cultural Diplomacy" at International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF), founder of Eurasia Education Center, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Presentation on Discourses at a Distance:Europe in Kazakhstan
May 18-19, 2018
EL-CSID researchers Neil Collins and Kristina Bekenova (Nazarbayev University) deliver a paper presentation on "Discourse at a Distance: Europe in Kazakhstan" at the conference on "(dis)Covering Discourses" at the University College Cork, Ireland. The aim of this trans-disciplinary conference is to offer researchers a space to explore and challenge current discourses, and to think about what is absent in the current discursive regimes. Taking into account that the EU is facing the image crisis, and its identity is challenged in the current political discourse, both within and between member states, it is ironic that the discourse on Europe outside the EU is often much more positive in tone. This is the case in Kazakhstan. The paper offers an examination of Kazakh media attitudes toward the EU. It shows that the Kazakh identity is expressed not in opposition to the EU, i.e. not "Us vs Them", but rather "Us as one of Them".
The EL-CSID Consortium is well represented at the European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) Conference in Brussels! On Thursday 17 May, EL-CSID organises two panels respectively addressing "Contesting European foreign policy: Rules, norms and practices challenged from outside" and "‘Reaching across the fault lines?’ The role of Intra-European Cultural Diplomacy in the age of populisms". On Friday 18 May, an EL-CSID panel on "EU science diplomacy: supporting regionalism in the South" is held. For more information on the composition of EL-CSID panels and papers to be presented, please consult the conference programme.
The fifth meeting of the EL-CSID Steering Committee brought together the consortium members to discuss the EL-CSID research agenda, the progress achieved on the different work packages as well as the planning of the future research and dissemination activities. The EL-CSID Steering Committee meets on a biannual basis. The meeting took place at the premises of the Warwick Brussels Office in Brussels.
EL-CSID Workshop on Diplomacy and Development
May 14-15, 2018
The EL-CSID Workshop on "Diplomacy and Development: Trends and Challenges for Europe and Its Partners" seeks to investigate the role of cultural and scientific diplomacy with respect to the foreign policy ambitions of the EU and its member states. Discussion also covers other forms of the ‘new diplomacy’. The workshop is organised by Nazarbayev University, in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and is held on 14-15 May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
EL-CSID scientific coordinator Luk Van Langenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) addresses “The long past and short history of the practice of Science Diplomacy” and “European Union Science Diplomacy in review” at the Panel Workshop on Science Diplomacy. Organised by the Diplomatic School of Armenia and funded by the European Union, this panel workshop also deals with: “Global Challenges, New Frontiers and the Limitations of Armed Force”, “Best Practices in Science Diplomacy: leading examples from North America, Europe and Asia.” Opening Remarks will be delivered by Vahe Gabrielyan, PhD, Director, Diplomatic School of Armenia, Ambassador, Dr. Armen Der-Kiureghian, President, American University of Armenia, and Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Armenia. This event is designed for students and academics in Armenian universities, and targeted officials and professors.
Lecture and Workshop on Soft Power in Transatlantic Relations
April 13-14, 2018
The Workshop on "Soft Power in Transatlantic Relations" was jointly organised by the College of Europe and the EL-CSID project in Bruges. The focus was on the role of soft power and "soft diplomacy" in transatlantic relations, a topic of growing importance at times of strained transatlantic relations over issues such as security and trade. EL-CSID researchers featured well in the programme. Senior Researcher Richard Higgott (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) presented a paper on “The EU perspective on transatlantic higher education relations”, while Project Researcher Riccardo Trobbiani (UNU-CRIS) co-presented with Simon Schunz (College of Europe/UNU-CRIS) a paper on “The EU perspective on transatlantic cultural relations”. EL-CSID Scientific Coordinator Luk van Langenhove drew the workshop's concluding remarks.
Presentation on Exploring Kazakhstan: European Perspective
March 28, 2018
EL-CSID researchers Neil Collins and Kristina Bekenova (Nazarbayev University) deliver a presentation on "Exploring Kazakhstan: The European Perspective" in the framework of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) City Speaker Series at Nazarbayev University. Their talk explores the European Union perspective on relations with Kazakhstan. It is based on research publishing in leading journals, including papers on “European cultural diplomacy: diaspora relations with Kazakhstan”, “Digital diplomacy: success at your fingertips”, “Knowing me, knowing me: media portrayal of the EU in Kazakhstan”.
Workshop on International Cultural Relations In Practice
March 23, 2018
EL-CSID researcher Riccardo Trobbiani (United Nations University) was invited to attend the EU Cultural Diplomacy Platform's Workshop on “International Cultural Relations in Practice” at BOZAR, Brussels. The workshop discussed policy objectives as well as models for partnerships and funding of EU international cultural relations.
The workshop was organised by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform, which aims at gathering all the actors of the European external cultural relations, and engaging them on a continuous basis, receive feedback, policy advice and support.
Participation in Working Session on Europe's Future R&I Policy
March 22, 2018
EL-CSID Scientific Coordinator Luk Van Langenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) attends the final conference of the Tour d’Europe organised by the European Commission in the 28 capitals of the EU in order to discuss the outcome of the Europe’s Future report prepared by the RISE Advisory Group to Commissioner Carlos Moedas. Luk acts as a discussant in the working session on “Europe’s Future R&I Policy – Visions and Values for Openness”. The session discusses how the EU can be more responsive to citizens’ needs in a policy of Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the World?
The Second EL-CSID Policy Briefing on “Science Diplomacy in search of a Purpose in the Populist Era” was organised in Brussels. The aim of this event was to make an assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing Science Diplomacy today and of the prospects for the development of an EU Science Diplomacy approach. The event discussed the policy recommendations formulated in the EL-CSID policy brief 4authored by EL-CSID researchers Luk Van Langenhove and Elke Boers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and United Nations University). The policy brief was discussed by Koen Verlaeckt, Secretary General at Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, and with the audience.
Presentation on Fostering Peace and Resolving Conflicts through Cultural Diplomacy
March 20, 2018
EL-CSID researcher Naciye Selin Senocak (Centres d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques) attended the Women Influence Community (WIC) Forum in Geneva, where she delivered a speech on "Establishing Peace and Resolving Conflicts through Cultural Diplomacy". She participated in her quality as "Muse". The WIC aims to unite proactive female business-managers, thought-leaders, philosophers, mothers, artists, muses, investors and entrepreneurs, to make a worldwide impact and even strengthen their role in today’s global business and society. For more information, consult the WIC Forum's programme or Selin's Muse story.
Presentation on the Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Ethics
March 7-8, 2018
EL-CSID researcher Naciye Selin Senocak (Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques) delivers a presentation on "The Axiology of Fintech and the Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Ethics" at the FINTECH conference in Valencia, Spain. This edition of the FINTECH conference will focus on "What matters now?". We live today in an environment in which powerful forces are reshaping the financial industry. Proliferation of digital technologies, lack of trust, arrival of new generations, regulatory requirements, demographics and economics are together creating an imperative to change. Further information on the conference can be found at: FINTECH conference website
Lecture on European Cultural Diplomacy in Kazakhstan
February 22, 2018
EL-CSID researchers Neil Collins and Kristina Bekenova (Nazarbayev University) deliver a lecture on "Knowing EU: European Cultural Diplomacy in Kazakhstan" in the context of a Jean Monnet lecture series. The lecture will address the EU strategy for international cultural relations, the historical ties between Europe and Kazakhstan, the role of European diasporas in Kazakhstan and the use of digital diplomacy by the EU to interact with the Kazakh population.
EL-CSID researcher Riccardo Trobbiani (UNU-CRIS) joins the works of the of the EUNIC regional cluster meeting in the Neighbourhood South on 19-20 February. He also delivers a presentation on the topic of EU-MENA cultural relations at the seminar “Cultural Relations at Work: Supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development in the EU Neighbourhood South” on 21-22 February 2018 at the Instituto Cervantes Rabat, Morocco. The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) cooperates with the EL-CSID Project to identify the best ways to define and implement an EU strategy for international cultural relations.
Keynote Address at InsSciDE public launch event
January 26, 2018
EL-CSID Scientific Coordinator Luk Van Langenhove delivers a keynote address on “European Science Diplomacy in search of a purpose” at the public launch of the InsSciDE project. InsSciDE stands for "Inventing a Shared Science Diplomacy for Europe". It is a Horizon 2020 project that runs until November 2021. The EL-CSID consortium very much looks forward to collaborating with the InsSciDE team!
Lecture on Science Diplomacy in Practice and in Research
December 15, 2017
EL-CSID researcher Jerneja Penca (Euro-Mediterranean University-EMUNI) delivers a lecture on "Science diplomacy in practice and in research" within the Master on Communication of Science at SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati) in Trieste. Jerneja will talk about science diplomacy in practice and as an object of research. In the first part, she will discuss the establishment of EMUNI as an example of “science diplomacy”. In the second part, she will present the EL-CSID project and engage with the notion of “science diplomacy” conceptually and empirically, looking at how scientific cooperation has been practiced in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the impact on the relations between the EU and the countries it has had.
Presentation on Universal Health Coverage
December 8-9, 2017
EL-CSID researcher Franklyn Lisk (University of Warwick) delivered a presentation on "Demystifying Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Concepts, goals and impact outcomes" at the annual conference of the Afro-European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN). AEMRN is a Swiss-based global Diaspora health professional organisation that is accredited to the WHO and UN ECOSOC. The theme of the annual conference, which brought together European and US-based Diaspora health professionals engaged in health sector development projects in Africa as well as representatives of the WHO and UNAIDS, was "Universal Health Coverage... Leaving no one behind" (programme).
Workshop on EU-China Cultural and Science Diplomacy
November 30, 2017
Cultural and science diplomacy have played an increasing role in the European and Chinese diplomatic story in recent years. Both the EU and China have made major start articulating the relevance of cultural and science for their external relations. The EU as a civilian power and China as an emerging soft power have different approaches to cultural and science diplomacy in practice. The workshop will address these issues.
It is jointly organised by the Confucius Institute, the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES) and the EL-CSID project at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), with the collaboration of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS). The workshop programme can be consulted at: EIAS website.
Second EL-CSID Advisory Board meeting
November 24, 2017
The EL-CSID Consortium is meeting its Advisory Board for the second time today! The function of the advisory board is to oversee the operation of the project and provide independent direction and advice. This meeting will give the opportunity to the EL-CSID consortium to present its progress to date and to benefit from their useful suggestions and insights. The outcome of the mid-term review report was also discussed with the advisory board.
Fourth EL-CSID Steering Committee meeting
November 23, 2017
The fourth meeting of the EL-CSID Steering Committee brought together the consortium members to discuss the EL-CSID research agenda, the progress achieved on the different work packages as well as the planning of the future research and dissemination activities. The EL-CSID Steering Committee meets on a biannual basis. The meeting took place at the premises of the International Council for Science in Paris.
Presentation on Cultural Diplomacy at OSCE Minsk Group
October 30-31, 2017
#ELCSID researcher Selin Senocak (Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques) took part in the first General Assembly of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Civil Peace Platform of the OSCE Minsk Group in Tbilissi, Georgia, where she delivered a presentation on "Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Building Process through Cultural Diplomacy". Newspaper articles (online) related to this event can be found at Today.az and Azvision.az.
Presentation of the EL-CSID Project at DAAD Seminar
October 26, 2017
#ELCSID Scientific Coordinator Luk Van Langenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) presents the EL-CSID project at the Conference on "Knowledge Diplomacy: Linking Science, Education and Cultural Diplomacy" organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Germany to the EU and Brussels. The seminar looks at the German and European approaches for integrating science, education and culture in external policy. The Conference programme can be consulted at: DAAD website.
#ELCSID Policy Briefing on EU International Cultural Relations
October 23, 2017
The First EL-CSID Policy Briefing on “Enhancing the EU’s International Cultural Relations: The Prospects and Limits of Cultural Diplomacy” aimed to make an assessment of the opportunities and the constraints facing those who would seek to support EU external relations via the enhancement of international cultural relations and cultural diplomacy. It discussed the recommendations formulated in the EL-CSID policy paper on "Enhancing the EU's International Cultural Relations" written by Prof. Richard Higgott (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). #EUculturalrelations
Presentation on Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy
October 17, 2017
#ELCSID Scientific Coordinator Luk Van Langenhove delivers a presentation on Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy at the EU Platform Symposium organised by the Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) and the Flemish-European Liaison Agency (vleva).
The Symposium will aim at discussing the international challenges for the EU Platform, the Flemish Platform for European Programmes bringing together the government, universities, the industry and civil society. It will address issues such as the 9th EU framework programme, science, technology and innovation diplomacy, research infrastructure, open data policy and the European Research Area (ERA) roadmap.
Seminar on Postioning Theory and Science Diplomacy
October 16, 2017
#ELCSID partner UNU-CRIS organised a Seminar on "Positioning Theory as a framework to study Science Diplomacy discourses and practices" delivered by Melanie James. The seminar discussed how Positioning Theory could be applied to Science Diplomacy practices and undertakings. Indeed, the term ‘science diplomacy’ is gaining traction across the world, but the way it is intentionally represented in texts as either a policy concept or a specific practice varies widely. A better understanding of how the term is being used would facilitate specific strategic outcomes. More about Prof James' research stay at UNU-CRIS: here.
Presentation of the EL-CSID Project to UN Environment (UNEP)
October 10-12, 2017
#ELCSID research Franklyn Lisk (University of Warwick) presented the EL-CSID research activities and findings at the meeting of the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) of UN Environment (UNEP) in Guangzhou, China. The SAP supports the preparation of the sixth edition of UNEP’s flagship report, the Global Environment Outlook (GEO6), which provides an integrated assessment on the state of global environment and present trends for air, climate, water, land and biodiversity. As a member of SAP, Franklyn is providing guidance on, inter alia, diplomacy, science and culture policy implications of the interactions between social, economic and environmental drivers of sustainable development as well as advice on efforts at outreach and capacity building activities benefiting developing countries.
Presentation on Health Diplomacy and Diasporas
September 28-29, 2017
#ELCSID researcher Franklyn Lisk (University of Warwick) participated in the European Research Council (ERC) Conference on "Beyond the Territorial State: Diaspora Mobilizations and Contested Sovereignty in the European Neighborhood" at the University of Warwick. He delivered a presentation on "Health Sector Development Assistance through the Lens of Diasporic Agents: Key Issues and Illustrative Examples from Sub-Sahara African (SSA) Countries” at the panel on "Fragile States and Diaspora Mobilizations". His presentation can be downloaded below.
#ELCSID senior researcher Richard Higgott (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) presented the EL-CSID project at the 15 years' anniversary of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In his presentation on "Aspiration and Reality: The Prospects and Limits of EU Cultural and Science Diplomacy", he explained to a general audience the aims and objectives of the project and outlined the research findings to date.
Presentation on Diplomacy, Culture and Human Rights in Africa
September 27, 2017
#ELCSID researcher Franklyn Lisk (University of Warwick) participated in the World Trade Organization's Public Forum 2017 in Geneva, where he delivered a presentation at the Working Sessionon "Africa's Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA): Achieving Human Rights-Consistent Development" organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). His presentation argued that conveyed his latest EL-CSID findings according to which integrating diplomacy and culture could impact positively on human rights dimensions of the liberalisation of trade in Africa.
Presentation on Populism, Nationalism and International Cultural Relations
September 12, 2017
#ELCSID researchers Richard Higgott and Virginia Proud (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) delivered a keynote on "Populism, Nationalism and International Cultural Relations" at the Network Conference on "Alliance for Global Cultural Relations" at the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA). The keynote addressed the relationship between the rise of populist nationalist political movements and their impact on European international cultural relations and cultural diplomacy. It provided insights into the activities of Europe’s cultural communities and their endeavours to restrict international cultural relations and mitigate narrow populist nationalist identity strategies. The presentation also looked at the constraints facing some recent strategies of the EU to enhance international cultural relations.
#ELCSID Scientific Coordinator Luk Van Langenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) delivered a presentation on "Tools for an EU Science Diplomacy" at the Spanish Science Diplomacy, Technology and Innovation meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Fundación Ramón Areces in Madrid.
Presentation on Knowledge Transfer to/from the Global South
August 22, 2017
#ELCSID researchers Franklyn Lisk and Annamarie Bindenagel Šehović (University of Warwick) delivered a presentation on "Making the Impossible Possible: Knowledge Transfer to and from the Global South in Health Policy" at the EADI NORDIC Conference on "Globalisation at the Crossroads: Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries" in Bergen, Norway. The presentation addressed knowledge transfer between the global North and global South in health policy. Case-studies include the 'Diaspora' option and the lessons learned on HIV and AIDS in South Africa.
#ELCSID researcher Franklyn Lisk (University of Warwick) was invited to be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony on 17th August 2017 of the Inaugural Conference of the Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University (NU), Astana, Kazakhstan. Both the University of Warwick and Nazarbayev University are partners in the EL-CSID project!
Prof. Lisk's keynote speech on "Promoting Good Governance in Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development: Towards a Framework for Transparency and Accountability" is available online for consultation!
Interview on Interpretations of Islam in Europe with Eurasia Diary
August 3, 2017
EL-CSID researcher Naciye Selin Senocak (Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques - CEDS) discusses her recently published working paper on "Cultural Integration of Muslims in Europe: Prevention of Cultural Misunderstanding and Radicalism" in an interview with Eurasia Diary.
EL-CSID Panel on the Practice Turn in the New Diplomacy
June 30, 2017
The EL-CSID Panel on "Challenges in Global Policy Making: The Practice Turn in the New Diplomacy" (T05P06) was held on Friday 30 June in the context of the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP), organised by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS).
No less than eight papers were presented at the panel:
The panel description and papers can be consulted on the IPPA website (T05P06).
Presentations at EUNIC Siena Cultural Relations Forum
June 11-15, 2017
From June 11-15, the first Cultural Relations Forum was convened by EUNIC in partnership with the University of Siena. The Forum brought together an international group of policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners to discuss how to implement H.E Mogherini’s Joint Communication Towards an EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations.
The Forum was attended by a number of EL-CSID researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Richard Higgott presented his thoughts on potential governance issues for a strategic approach, with responses from Diego Marani (EEAS) and Walter Zampieri (DG Education and Culture). Together with Virginia Proud, they also presented their views on populism and cultural resilience.
Presentation at the Futures of a Complex World Conference
June 12, 2017
In the context of the conceptual work carried out for the Political Foresight Report, EL-CSID researchers Jos Leijten and Daniel Gehrt (Joint Institute for Innovation Policy) gave a presentation on "Exploring the future of science and innovation diplomacy" at the Futures of a Complex World Conference in Turku, Finland. The presentation discussed the increasing importance of countries’ innovation capabilities in the context of international relations and the impact of this development on “traditional” science diplomacy. The Futures Conferences are organised on an annual basis by the Finland Futures Research Centre and are a well-established and renowned forum for foresight and future studies. This year, the conference had more than 370 delegates.
EL-CSID Workshop on Diplomacy and Development
April 27-28, 2017
The EL-CSID Workshop on "Diplomacy and Development" sought to investigate the role of cultural and scientific diplomacy with respect to global responses to pandemics, development and governance. It was organised by Nazarbayev University, in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and was held on 27-28 April 2017 in Malta.
On 26 April, the third meeting of the EL-CSID Steering Committee brought together the consortium members to discuss the EL-CSID research agenda, the progress achieved on the different work packages as well as the planning of the future research and dissemination activities.
The EL-CSID Steering Committee meets on a biannual basis. Its meetings are convened by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, acting as the project coordinator.