Meridian and NEH CALL FOR PAPERS: Global Humanities Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy

The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and the National Endowment for the Humanities invite proposals for the 2021 Global Humanities Symposium: Observing Cultural Diplomacy. The symposium will be held virtually on Friday, June 11Participation is open to anyone who considers themselves an early to mid-career professional, including post-doctoral fellowsprofessors of practice, independent scholars, professionals outside of academia, and those in early-stage academic positions. 

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. Visit the website for more information on this initiative. 

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 inaugural Global Humanities Symposium, the focus is on “Observe,” often one of the first, crucial steps 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 below panel topics 
  • Museums role in cultural diplomacysurveying how museums around the world impact cultural exchange by shaping economies, urban development, politics, and social change while also being a site of contention over cultural objects, authority, and interpretation;  
  • Culture and the Cold War: examining how American artists and art connected global citizens and leaders during the Cold War era; and 
  • Digital public humanities: discussing innovative technologies, methodologies, and collaboration within the digital humanities field as related to cultural diplomacy scholarship. 
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 a 250-300 word abstract along with institutional affiliation and a short biography through this link by April 30Please send any questions to