Call for Papers – 2022 Global Humanities Symposium: Engaging in Cultural Diplomacy

The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and the National Endowment for the Humanities invite proposals for the 2022 Global Humanities Symposium: Engaging in Cultural Diplomacy. The symposium will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, in Washington, DC, on Meridian International Center’s historic campus. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Engage”. We welcome submissions related to the following topics: material culture, music diplomacy, and visual art diplomacy. Select papers presented during the symposium will be published in an edited volume. The deadline for proposal submission is May 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST.

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Participation is open to anyone who considers themselves early- to mid-career professionals, including post-doctoral fellows, professors of practice, independent scholars, professionals outside of academia, and those in early-stage academic positions. Travel costs will be covered for U.S.-based scholars selected to present papers.

The Global Humanities Symposium is part of the Global Humanities Initiative, a slate of programming carried out by Meridian International Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities, that seeks to amplify contemporary scholarship and scholars that focus on cultural diplomacy. For more information on this initiative, please visit our website.

Cultural diplomacy harnesses visual art, music, literature, film, material culture, and more, resulting in individuals and communities finding common ground, forging more stable relationships, and fostering mutual respect. For the 2022 Global Humanities Symposium, the theme is “Engage,” a crucial step in building bridges across cultures. Select papers presented during the symposium will be published in an edited volume.

We welcome submissions that relate to the panel topics below:

  • Material Culture: examining how objects created, used, kept, and left behind by people have been used as representations of cultural heritage and shape bilateral relations

  • Music Diplomacy: studying how music has been used to promote mutual understanding, collaboration, and change cultural perceptions

  • Visual Art Diplomacy: exploring the conversation around cultural appreciation and shared artistic achievements

Potential focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology

  • Archaeology

  • History

  • Art History

  • Literature

  • Linguistics

  • American Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Other relevant social sciences which have humanistic content and utilize relevant methods

Please submit an abstract (250-300 words), along with institutional affiliation and a short biography. Submission should be sent through this link by May 15, 2022. Please submit any questions to

The Global Humanities Initiative is implemented by Meridian International Center with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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