International Cultural Relations at the Crossroads of Climate, Health and Political Crisis
The pandemic that has been going on for over a year now is exacerbating existing political, social and economic crises. While the urgency of the climate emergency might be recognised by four major international negotiations this year, this and other global crises are also causing further polarisation in societies and being exploited by some for cultural manipulation.
These struggles may be understood as cumulativ or related. Reactions might deepen sectorial governance, or, on the other hand, they might open opportunities to re-imagine and reconceive the spatiality, economy and social formation of international relations. Long-term transformations in geopolitical power distribution, in struggles for social equality and thus even in the very project of modernity might be in sight.
What are 'good' cultural relations practices under these circumstances? How do different cultural actors and academic disciplines conceptualise such processes of (re-)ordering? Are new spaces, new alliances, new network formations, new concepts of belonging evolving?
Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and others interested in the above topics and questions are warmly invited to join ICRRA members to discuss international cultural relations under the overarching theme 'Cooperation in a Fragmented World'.