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27th May, 2021

Summer course: Public diplomacy & cultural diplomacy. Basque Public Diplomacy

This Summer Course will be held face-to-face and there will also be the possibility of participating live online through ZOOM. In the registration process, please select the participation of your choice: face-to-face or live online.

From a comparative perspective, analysis of the cases of Friesland-the Netherlands-, Ireland, Lithuania, Quebec, Catalonia, Denmark and United States. The role of cities and diasporas. Opportunities and challenges .

The objective of the Summer Course is to analyze four decades of Basque public cultural diplomacy. Since the establishment of autonomy in the BAC in 1979, a phase has been completed that deserves to be analyzed and evaluated and that also places us before the beginning of a new stage. The aim is to address a model of public cultural diplomacy that is distinguished by characteristics that make it different and to some extent unique. In this context, the congress will also provide a comparative view of other models of public diplomacy that will serve to complete an analysis that focuses primarily on the Basque case. It should also be noted that in order to address the specificity of cultural diplomacy, public diplomacy must be understood as a whole. Finally, within the multiplicity and diversity of typologies that make up cultural diplomacy, the course will approach some of the most relevant ones. In this context, city diplomacy will be one of the subjects of analysis of the congress as well as the crucial role played by the diaspora in the articulation of Basque cultural diplomacy.


What is public diplomacy? A general approach to a concept that is still new in academia.

Defining the concept of cultural diplomacy: the role of cultural diplomacy in public diplomacy.

Comparative models: Friesland- The Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Québec, Catalonia, Denmark and United States.

Urban diplomacy. To study the important role that cities play in public diplomacy and, in particular, in cultural diplomacy. The contribution of cultural capitals.

To study the role of the diaspora in the articulation of public diplomacy and, more specifically, in cultural diplomacy.

Analyze the process of formation and articulation of Basque public cultural diplomacy (period 1980-2020). Analyze and debate the challenges and opportunities of Basque public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy in a different and unprecedented setting.

Activity directed to

  • University students
  • Students not from university
  • Teachers
  • Professionals
  • All public

The course will run from 21 to 23 of July. For more information please visit this page.

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