Public Diplomacy in the 2020s
CPD is pleased to co-sponsor the ICA post-conference by the Public Diplomacy Interest Group this spring in Washington, D.C.
The post-conference gathers PhD students, early career researchers, senior scholars and practitioners in public diplomacy to expand the PD body of knowledge, to address gaps in the literature, to inform and advance PD practices, and to heighten visibility of PD among policymakers in government and higher education. A new and innovative research agenda will recognize how far PD scholarship has come since 9/11, explore directions in public diplomacy research, and discuss opportunities for original collaborations among multidisciplinary scholars crossing boundaries.
8:55am-9:00am Welcome and Introduction (Alina Dolea, Bournemouth University, Public Diplomacy Interest Group)
9:00am-10:30am “PhD & Post-Doc research session”
- Chair: R.S. Zaharna (American University) & Dr. Nancy Snow (Kyoto University/California State University)
- Eriks Varpahovskis, PhD Candidate (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, S. Korea). Topic: Student Exchange and Country Image: Alumni of S. Korean Scholarship Program
- Andrea Pavon-Guinea, PhD Candidate (University of Navarra, Spain). Topic: Engaging Civil Society: Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
- Sonali Singh, PhD (Manipal University, India). Topic: Inward and Outward Explorations: Indian Political Traditions and Contemporary Public Diplomacy
- B. Theo Mazumdar, PhD (Columbia University, USA). Topic: Digital Diplomacy as Space for User Motives: Sweden.se
- Bradley McConachie, PhD (Ph.D. Griffith University, 2019). Topic: International Education as Public Diplomacy: Australian Endeavor Scholarships
- Yangling Yang, Ph.D (Loughborough University, U.K.). Topic: Projection of Soft Power: Inside the Chinese Film Industry
11:00pm -12:30pm Round table discussion “State of the Art, State of the Future: New Directions in Public Diplomacy Research”
Participants: Kathy Fitzpatrick (American University), Nicholas Cull (University of Southern California), Teresa LaPorte (Universidad de Navarra), Shawn Powers (U.S. Agency for Global Media)
1:30pm-3:00pm “Research-practice collaboration in Public Diplomacy”
- Chairs: Alina Dolea (Bournemouth University) & James Pamment (Lund University)
- Diana Ingenhoff (University of Fribourg): Developing a 360-degree Integrated Public Diplomacy Evaluation Approach: Analyzing Country Images from Stakeholder and Media Perspectives
- Alina Dolea (Bournemouth University): Country images and diaspora diplomacy. From diaspora’s agenda to policy making
- Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford): Social Network Analysis as a tool of PD Engagement
- James Pamment (Lund University): Developing processes to counter disinformation
3:30pm-5:00pm “Practice of Public Diplomacy”
Chairs: Jay Wang (USC Center on Public Diplomacy) & Amelia Arsenault (US Department of State)
This session will feature panelists representing the internal public diplomacy and international broadcasting research teams at the US Department of State and the US Agency for Global Media (formerly the BBG). Panelists will present case studies of monitoring and evaluation, data analytics, and survey projects. Discussions will also focus on potential synergies and opportunities for collaboration between the internal research community and the academic community engaged in public diplomacy research.
A networking lunch is scheduled to allow for more talks on presentations and collaborations in future projects. Click here to register.
The post-conference is open to all. Please note, you do not have to be an ICA member to attend the post-conference, but you need to create a profile on the ICA website in order to register and attend. The registration fee is $80 for all participants (presenters and non-presenters) and includes the coffee breaks and the networking lunch.
About ICA and the Public Diplomacy Interest Group
The International Communication Association (ICA) is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. The ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group was established in 2016. The Public Diplomacy Interest Group provides a forum for the scholars investigating topics related to public diplomacy, nation branding, country image and reputation, public relations for and of nations, as well as political, and global and intercultural communication that influences international relations.