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Lecture: New Mexican Cultural Dipomacy

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present César Villanueva as he discusses new Mexican cultural diplomacy. Villanueva will present some of the works from his book Una nueva diplomacia cultural para Mexico/New Mexican Cultural Diplomacy, a compliation of texts from diplomats and cultural experts. He will also engage in a dialogue with Alejandro Estivill on international relations and cultural diplomacy as they relate to Mexico.

César Villanueva is a doctor of political science, specializing in cultural diplomacy. He got his doctorate the Universidad de Växjö in Sweden and his doctorate in history from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is a professor of government and public administration at the University of Washington in Seattle, focusing on cultural politics and globalization. He holds a degree in international relations from the faculty of political sciences at UNAM. He has taught undergraduate courses on international cultural relations and diplomacy at the universities of Växjö (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Washington (Seattle, USA), the American University in Managua (Nicaragua) The UIA, UNAM, and the Matias Romero Institute of the Foreign Ministry. He has also taught courses and conferences in Culture and Contemporary Mexican Art at universities in Mexico, Scandinavia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

His research focuses on the links between international relations and culture, paying special attention to the theoretical discussions of social constructivism and public and cultural diplomacy. In the summer of 2004 he participated in a research residency at the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy at Princeton University. He is co-author of the book The Crossroads of Welfare: Politics, Economics and Culture, (UNAM 2007) Along with his academic work, he has worked as a cultural promoter in Mexico and abroad, giving various workshops for international relations discussing the issues of public and cultural diplomacy and culture and foreign policy.

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