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Title: Putting the City on the World Art Map: Star Curators and Nation Branding
Authors: Molho, Jeremie 
Keywords: Civil society
Cultural diplomacy
Cultural hubs
Global cities
Nation branding
Issue Date: 19-Oct-2020
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Molho, Jeremie (2020-10-19). Putting the City on the World Art Map: Star Curators and Nation Branding. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society 34 (4) : 455-470. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Over the last two decades, we have seen a worldwide expansion of the concept and practice of cultural diplomacy, along with the emergence of a multipolar world. This raises the question of the way in which the notion is mobilized and understood beyond Europe and North America. This paper is based on comparative research carried out in Qatar and Singapore. Both countries have developed ambitious cultural diplomacy strategies, based on the establishment of world-class cultural and educational institutions, and on their integration into regional and global cultural networks. But many have highlighted contradictions between these ambitious strategies and the restrictions and pressures that both countries place on their civil societies. This paper discusses how curators, who have become key global gatekeepers, negotiate their role in their country’s global cultural strategy and position themselves with regard to the official national narrative. With their multiple belonging, they shape narratives that make regional and local scenes and can put cities on the world art map. This symbolic power puts them in a strategic position to shape the nation-branding discourse. © 2020, The Author(s).
Source Title: International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
ISSN: 0891-4486
DOI: 10.1007/s10767-020-09389-x
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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