De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach (Workshop)


Date: Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 12, 2015

Note: This workshop will be held at the Columbia Global Center in Istanbul.

De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach is organized by Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University. The project is designed to study cultural persuasion in foreign relations that looks beyond the Euro-Atlantic frameworks in which the discussion of “soft power” originated in the early 1990s. The project introduces the cases of three regional powers, Brazil, China, and Turkey, that have developed soft-power agendas in rivalry with the U.S, Europe, and, in at least one region—Africa—with one another. The project will bring into conversation scholars in history, communications, cultural studies, and international relations to develop key indicators to understanding national practices of soft power, their cultural tap roots and historical legacies, as they were transformed in light of cyber-technology, multilateralism, and big shifts in relative economic, military, and political power.

June 2015 workshop participants include:
Burcu Baykurt, Doctoral candidate in Communications, Columbia University
Juliet Davis, Doctoral candidate in History, Columbia University
Logan Carmen de La Barre-Hays, Master’s candidate in International and World History, Columbia University and London School of Economics
Victoria de Grazia, Professor of History, Columbia University
Richard John, Professor of History and Communications, Columbia University
Thomas Diez, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Tubingen
Mingjiang Li, Associate Professor of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University
Nicholas Mulder, Doctoral candidate in History, Columbia University
Zhongying Pang, Professor of International Relations, Sun Yat-Sen University
Aslihan Saygili, Doctoral candidate in Political Science, Columbia University
Jack Snyder, Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

Date: Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 12, 2015

Note: This workshop will be held at the Columbia Global Center in Istanbul.

De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach is organized by Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University. The project is designed to study cultural persuasion in foreign relations that looks beyond the Euro-Atlantic frameworks in which the discussion of “soft power” originated in the early 1990s. The project introduces the cases of three regional powers, Brazil, China, and Turkey, that have developed soft-power agendas in rivalry with the U.S, Europe, and, in at least one region—Africa—with one another. The project will bring into conversation scholars in history, communications, cultural studies, and international relations to develop key indicators to understanding national practices of soft power, their cultural tap roots and historical legacies, as they were transformed in light of cyber-technology, multilateralism, and big shifts in relative economic, military, and political power.

June 2015 workshop participants include:
Burcu Baykurt, Doctoral candidate in Communications, Columbia University
Juliet Davis, Doctoral candidate in History, Columbia University
Logan Carmen de La Barre-Hays, Master’s candidate in International and World History, Columbia University and London School of Economics
Victoria de Grazia, Professor of History, Columbia University
Richard John, Professor of History and Communications, Columbia University
Thomas Diez, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Tubingen
Mingjiang Li, Associate Professor of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University
Nicholas Mulder, Doctoral candidate in History, Columbia University
Zhongying Pang, Professor of International Relations, Sun Yat-Sen University
Aslihan Saygili, Doctoral candidate in Political Science, Columbia University
Jack Snyder, Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

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