Digital diplomacy in the midst of (post) pandemic crisis: Inspiring, educating, contributing to global peace and well-being.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021: 1:30pm - 3:00pm - - Paper Session

Natalia Grincheva, School of Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Published paper: Digital diplomacy in the midst of (post) pandemic crisis: Inspiring, educating, contributing to global peace and well-being.

This presentation explores opportunities and challenges of digital museum diplomacy developed during the Covid-19 outbreak by surveying and analyzing the best practices and examples of the museum work and activities conducted during the covid-19 pandemic crisis. On the one hand, it will expose how digital museum spaces could provide important sites of cultural diplomacy by fulfilling two important functions of diplomacy: national projection and cultural relations. On the other hand, my presentation will illuminate how online museum programs, developed in response to the (post) pandemic situation and challenges, in fact, continue to enthuse and educate audiences across borders, adhering to ideals of multilateral diplomacy and aspiring to global well-being. Specifically, my research will argue that the pandemic crisis, in fact, facilitated a rapid development and transformation of contemporary museums in line with the principles reflected in the new museum definition proposed by ICOM in 2019, but rejected by the global museum community at the International Congress in Kyoto.
First, the analysis of several major museum case studies will demonstrate that under the pressures of the global “digital lockdown”, museums are urged to move forward from understanding themselves as specific places, defined by location, architecture and collections to become “inclusive and polyphonic spaces,” going beyond their physical and material manifestations. Second, a comparative case study research will reveal how museum diplomacy in the time of the Covid-19 global outbreak provided a platform for the development of a new vision of museums as important actors on the world stage that can “contribute to human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing”.

Bibliography:
Grincheva, N. (2020). Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age. New York: Routledge.
International Commission of Museums (ICOM) (2019). ICOM announces the alternative museum definition that will be subject to a vote. Accessed February 26, 2020. https://bit.ly/2TlwMhQ