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The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010:

"Culture, Globalization, and International Relations over the next Two Decades"

(Berlin, May 23rd – 30th, 2010)

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

On behalf of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, I am writing to you to announce the details of the next International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010. The ICD’s International Symposium is one of the world’s leading conferences in the fields of cultural studies and international relations. Held annually in Berlin, the event will bring together prominent figures from the fields of international politics, academia, arts, culture, and civil society (to be found below) to speak to an interdisciplinary audience on a variety of important issues and challenges relating to international politics and culture.

We are currently accepting applications to attend the Symposium, and I would be grateful if you could share the announcement with any individuals who you feel may be interested. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in raising awareness of our upcoming event.

Further details about the event can be found at our website: www.icd-internationalsymposium.org

Symposium Agenda

The International Symposium 2010 will be split into three complementary parts. The program will begin by looking in greater detail at “culture” and “identity” and how these terms are used and understood today. During this part of the program participants will have the opportunity to experience Berlin’s famous "Carnival of Cultures".

The second part of the program will build on these components by considering the role that culture plays in contemporary international relations and the process of globalization. During these three days the concepts of “cultural diplomacy” and “soft power” will also be explored in more detail.

The final part of the program will apply these discussions to one of the key issues that will determine global politics over the coming years – Afghanistan and stability in Central Asia.

The Symposium will be split into the following three parts:

"Defining and Understanding Culture in an International Context"

(23rd - 25th May) more »

A Three Piece Puzzle - "The Relationship between Culture, International Relations and Globalization"

(26th - 27th May) more »

"Understanding Afghanistan and Central Asia: Supporting Democracy and Stability - The Path Ahead"

(28th - 30th May) more »

This final part is being held in cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the German Marshal Fund (GMFUS), UNESCO, the European Commission, the US State Department and in partnership with leading international organizations.

Social Activities

There will be a number of social events taking place during the International Symposium, which we hope you will be able to join us for, such as:

Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures (23rd May 2010 14:00)

On the opening day of the International Symposium, participants will have the unique opportunity to experience Berlin’s renowned “Carnival of Cultures”: an annual event held to showcase and celebrate Berlin’s cultural diversity. With over 4,000 artists performing, and more than 1 million spectators, the parade through Kreuzberg can be compared with London’s Nothing Hill Carnival and is the highlights of Berlin’s cultural calendar. (more)

"Strength in Song":

Live Concert by Marcia Barrett Lead Singer of Boney M (Wednesday, 26th May, 20:00)

The world renowned singer Marcia Barrett (lead singer of Boney M), will speak on the power of music to cross boundaries, reflecting on her experiences in Northern Ireland, Russia, and Georgia. Following her speech Ms. Barrett will perform a live acoustic concert of her greatest hits for the Symposium participants, speakers, and invited guests from Berlin’s political and diplomatic communities. (more)

The Participants

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy is open to applications from academics, diplomatic and political representatives, civil society practitioners, journalists, young professionals and students and other individuals with an interest in international relations, cultural studies, and global politics.

To apply to the Symposium, please visit:


Participant Papers - The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages research and progressive thought into the fields of culture, globalization and international relations. In this regard, the ICD is welcoming participants of the International Symposium to submit papers on this subject. The papers can cover any topic within these fields, according to your own particular interests and passions. Participants can submit work that they have completed in the past for other purposes, ongoing research or a paper written specifically for the International Symposium. Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work. To learn more please click here

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD - www.culturaldiplomacy.org) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability through strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, whose programs facilitate interaction between individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.

Previous events held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy include “A World Without Walls: An International Congress on “Soft Power”, Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence”, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (www.world-without-walls.org). In February, 2010, the ICD hosted the Berlin International Economics Congress: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global Politics & Civil Society in International Economics (www.biec.de).

For more information on speakers who have attended previous ICD events, please click here.

For any additional information please contact us at: symposium@culturaldiplomacy.org

With warmest regards,

Mark Donfried

Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)

Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719

Phone: 00.49.(0)30.2360-7680

Fax: 00.49.(0)30.2360-76811



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