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The past and future of cultural diplomacy research

PUBLISHED June 30, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2306p7310720)



Natalia Grincheva1
  1. The University of Melbourne

Conference / event

Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Relations: Strengthening Fair Cooperation, Diversity and Dialogue, June 2022 (Virtual)

Poster summary

This reseacrh is based on a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the academic literature on cultural diplomacy since its inception during the midst of the Cold War, in 1959. It draws on mapping, chronology building, and thematic analysis of all scholarship published on cultural diplomacy in the Scopus database, the largest academic database in the world. The research explores how the discipline has evolved, what geographies and thematic areas it covered in the past, and what is the future of this discipline. This work starts a conversation on cultural diplomacy as an independent academic discipline that most recently has gained a wider and stronger attention and reached a higher stage of scholarly maturity. The research findings suggest further trajectories for the development of cultural diplomacy as an academic enquiry, focusing on different diplomatic channels, modes of operation, structures, actors, meanings, and implications.


Cultural diplomacy, Cultural relations, Arts diplomacy

Research areas

Arts, Political Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Geography


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2023 Grincheva. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Grincheva, N. The past and future of cultural diplomacy research [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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