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ICD Updates & Call for Applications- International Conferences, February – March 2012



ICD International Conferences, February – March 2012
Call for Applications
 
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Dear Friends & Colleagues,  
 
I trust this e-mail finds you well after a relaxing Holiday Season and a good start to 2012. 
 
Reflect on what lies ahead in 2012 at the ICD, we are writing you now to bring to your attention exciting updates from the field of cultural diplomacy including news releases, research scholarship opportunities, cultural diplomacy best practice competitions, invitations to participate in cultural diplomacy delegation trips, and more.
 
To learn about these opportunities, news and updates, please visit:
 
 
After having already concluded successfully our first event in 2012 (The European African Alliance Conference 2012), the ICD has an exciting year planned for 2012, with major programs hosted by the ICD in partnership with other leading organizations in Berlin, London, Paris and the USA, alreadyannounced for February- March 2012.
We warmly encourage you to explore our upcoming conferences (see detailed information below) and hope to have your involvement. We would be very grateful if you would also support us in raising awareness to these programs and forward the information to anybody you think might be interested in participating.
 
We are currently accepting applications for the following events:
 
(For the complete ICD Calendar 2012 click here)
The International Conference on the African Union and Cultural Diplomacy
“Cultural Diplomacy as a vehicle of Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Future of the African Union”
(London, February 7th – 10th, 2012)
 
The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy & the UN
“Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in an Interdependent World: The Opportunities of Global Governance”
(New York & Washington D.C., February 21st – 24th, 2012)
 
The Berlin International Freedom of Expression Forum
“Censorship and Freedom in Traditional and New Media: The Revolution of Media as a Tool of Freedom of Expression”
(Berlin, February 28th – March 2nd, 2012)
 
The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012 (BIEC)
“Building Economic Bridges: Integrating Cultural Diplomacy into Nation Branding, Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Governance”
(Berlin, March 7th – 10th, 2012)
 
The Power of Africa
“Africa as a Stronger Actor on the International Stage”
(Paris, March 13th – 15th, 2012)
 
The Language of Art and Music
“Culture as an Emotion: Using Art to Express and Create Social Awareness”
(Berlin, March 22nd – 24th, 2012)
 
The ICD Young Leaders Forums 2012
 
USA Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders
(New York City& Washington D.C, February 21st – 26th, 2012)
Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy: A Forum for Young Leaders
(Berlin, March 05th – 10th, 2012)
Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders
(Berlin, March 19th – 24th, 2012)

I look forward to your further involvement with the ICD this year and hope to meet you in one of the upcoming events.
 
With warmest regards,
 
Mark Donfried
Director & Founder
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
 
 
 
Please forward the information below ——————-
 
 
“Call for Applications
(ICD Conferences, February – March 2012)
 
Dear Sir/ Madam,
 
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is currently accepting applications for the events outlined below, all of which will take place from February 2012 – March 2012. These programs will bring together governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, young professionals, students, scholars and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions and social and cultural activities.
 
The International Conference on the African Union and Cultural Diplomacy
“Cultural Diplomacy as a vehicle of Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Future of the African Union”
(London, February 7th – 10th, 2012) 
 
The African Union & Cultural Diplomacy Conference is the second of a series of four international conferences dedicated to enhancing awareness and understanding of international governing institutions. The conference is organized by the ICD and other leading organizations.
 
Since the Cold War, the global power axis has shifted significantly, from a bipolar world order into multiple poles of influence, rapid market liberalization and a considerable synergy of global interdependence. This shift in power relations has not been unproblematic, especially for those countries that have been sidelined from the international decision-making processes. The African Union (AU) is therefore a prominent example of the necessity of collaboration in order to protect and promote individual interests in the current international setting.

 

This conference will emphasize how cultural diplomacy can be used as an increasingly useful tool for building cooperation both regionally and globally, and explores avenues through which this new form of diplomacy can be used as a driving force to foster good governance, development and the promotion of human rights through the AU.

 
To apply please visit:
 
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The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy & the UN
“Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in an Interdependent World: The Opportunities of Global Governance” 
 (New York & Washington D.C., February 21st – 24th, 2012)
 
The “Conference on The United Nations and Cultural Diplomacy” is one of a three – part series of International Conferences held by the ICD on the issue of ‘International Institutions and Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy’. The aim of the conference this year is to reflect on the role of institutions such as the United Nations within the international system, on global governance as a whole in terms of key international issues and on how Cultural Diplomacy takes place. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from international politics & diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector.
 
In an age of international instability and discontent the United Nations marked a transition towards a more ‘soft’ power based approach to international relations. With its specific aim to foster peace and cooperation agreements, the United Nations was the first institution to focus on relations between states and international understanding. Cultural Diplomacy is becoming increasingly important within international relations and The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy reflects the desire to expand on this work.

 

This conference will focus on and analyze “Could Cultural Diplomacy represents a useful tool for fostering international cooperation within an institutional framework and within the wider global government?”

To apply please visit:
 
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The Berlin International Freedom of Expression Forum
“Censorship and Freedom in Traditional and New Media: The Revolution of Media as a Tool of Freedom of Expression”
(Berlin, February 28th – March 2nd, 2012)
 
The “International Freedom of Expression Forum” is an annual conference on the issue of “Freedom of Expression”. The aim of the conference this year is to reflect on the concepts of “freedom” and “censorship” and look at both past and potential challenges to realizing complete freedom of expression”. Focusing on the role of the media, “The International Freedom of Expression Forum” will evaluate the tools in which freedom of expression can take place. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from the media, international politics & diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector
 
With the transition from the traditional bi-polar international structure towards a more multi-polar world understanding state perspectives, different cultures and different traditions is important if the international system is to remain stable. The concept of “Freedom of Expression” is becoming more relevant as more states gain influence within the system as a whole. Looking at each state, it is clear that there is no one objective definition of the concept and recent world events, such as the “Arab Spring” and the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, have highlighted the importance of discussing the significance of freedom of expression as a whole.
This conference aims to constructively approach these issues and evaluate the role of technology, the disparities and trends in press freedom, democracy and censorship, and the role of social media.
 
To apply please visit:
 
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The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012 (BIEC)
“Building Economic Bridges: Integrating Cultural Diplomacy into Nation Branding, Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Governance”
(Berlin, March 7th – 10th, 2012)
 
The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012″ is one of the world leading global conferences combining the fields of International Economics, Nation Branding and International Relations with an interdisciplinary and multinational program. The conference will take place over 4 days and will examine the role of Cultural Diplomacy in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic Bridges, Global Governance and Nation Branding with an international outlook.
 
In today’s world, with the financial crisis ravaging national economies, the importance of regional alliances, strategic partnerships and co-operations among countries is becoming increasingly relevant. Indeed, countries struggling with unemployment and debt have begun to turn to other nations and international institutions for support. The congress will concentrate on current and emerging business opportunities in the market, created through economic bridges.

 

With such prominence in today’s world, the international economic system is of the highest importance, the conference will examine relevant aspects of the international economic system and how Cultural Diplomacy can help to support interstate economic relationships.

The four-day international congress will consist of lectures and seminars held by international politicians and various experts in the economic, academic and marketing fields as well as panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and social activities.

 
To apply please visit:
 
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The Power of Africa
“Africa as a Stronger Actor on the International Stage” 
 (Paris, March 13th – 15th, 2012)
 
The Power of Africa is the third Africa related conference that is being hosted in the beginning of 2012. It will focus on the possibilities and barriers that the African countries are facing in terms of economic and political bargaining power as well as the prospect of speaking with one voice on the international stage. 
 
The conference will in particular address the expectations and opinions that the outside world holds of African development and how this often diverges with what might be more realistic and customized solutions on the ground. One aim of the conference is thus to debate whether alternative forms of institutional rule and economic models can be deemed more effective in Africa than the established forms of Western governance.  The conference will look at global as well as local perceptions of African leadership and development, and the bilateral trade relationships that Africa has with China and India.  Furthermore we will explore the role of the African Union as well as civil societies in enhancing interregional relations within Africa and what prospects this holds for its future international image and bargaining power.
 
To apply please visit:
 
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The Language of Art and Music
“Culture as an Emotion: Using Art to Express and Create Social Awareness”
(Berlin, March 22nd – 24th, 2012)
 
The conference on the topic of “Culture as an Emotion” is the second conference held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy on the topic of ‘Art’ as a tool for Cultural Diplomacy. The aim of the conference this year is to reflect on the role of art in creating social awareness and a sense of identity and how this can affect key international issues. Looking at the various forms art can take and how art and how it is used has developed, this conference will look at how art can be used as Cultural Diplomacy initiatives. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from international politics & diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

 

As the international system has developed over the centuries so has individual expression and art has become a significant medium to voice opinion and facilitate change. Used as a way to reflect the values of society, as a way of voicing concern and as a form of protest, art is becoming increasingly significant as a tool for Cultural Diplomacy. This growing use of art is becoming increasingly important within international relations and The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy reflects the desire to expand on this work.

 
To apply please visit:
 
 
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The ICD Young Leaders Forums 2012
 
USA Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders
(New York & Washington D.C., February 21st – 26th, 2012)
Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy: A Forum for Young Leaders
(Berlin, March 05th – 10th, 2012)
Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders
(Berlin, March 19th – 24th, 2012)
 
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January 23, 2012




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