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UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014
The Role of Public Diplomacy in Fostering Russian-British Relations Conference
27-29 October 2014, London
The St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation (SPAIC) and the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) cordially invite you to participate in a conference dedicated to the role of public diplomacy in fostering Russian-British relations, taking place in London 27-29 October 2014.
The aim of the Conference is to highlight the importance of public diplomacy in the development of relations between Russia and the UK, and the role of British and Russian NGOs, cultural and educational institutions, and the media in this process.
Russian-British cultural contacts have a long history and are very diverse in nature. They are promoted by governments and numerous NGOs in both countries, foster the development of cross-cultural relations and help build strong partnerships between Russia and the UK.
The Conference Organising Committee includes SPAIC, Rossotrudnichestvo and the SCRSS. The Conference is sponsored by The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, and is supported by the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg.
Russian participants represent: Russian National Museum of Alexander Pushkin, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, State Hermitage Museum, Don State Technical University, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography.
The UK side comprises: Manchester-St. Petersburg Friendship Society, Pushkin House, Scotland-Russia Forum, St. Petersburg Forum (Paisley, Scotland), English-Speaking Union and other British organisations and people that participate in Russian-British co-operation.
The Conference will explore such important issues as:
– Public diplomacy: a soft power in Russian-British relations
– The role of British and Russian cultural centres, institutions and civil societies in the cultural dialogue between Russia and the United Kingdom
– Educational institutions and young people – a driving force of UK-Russia public diplomacy
– The role of the media in creating a positive image of the partner country.
If you are interested in participating in the conference, please reply by 30 September. Russia-based participants should reply to SPAIC. UK-based participants should reply to SCRSS.
Full contact details, the programme and the list of participants can be found here .