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Knowledge Diplomacy Conference 2023

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Conference / Symposium


The nature of modern international relations has undergone a significant change with the emergence of new actors and processes that are shaping diplomatic practices and international affairs. In this setting, international higher education has had a long history of building transnational cooperation. However, the actors engaged in international higher education and the functions they play in the present diplomatic processes are only beginning to receive attention from scholars and policymakers. 

Knowledge Diplomacy, although a developing and often disputed term, is the best concept for comprehending the diverse functions that knowledge, research, innovation, and higher education institutions play in international relations and how international relations shape these important functions.

The first annual Knowledge Diplomacy conference focuses on initiating the discussion on the wider roles of higher education institutions, knowledge exchange, research and innovation in transnational cooperation and diplomacy. The conference is part of Phase 3 of the Knowledge Diplomacy Project, and is led by ULIP in partnership with Centre for Online and Distance Education, Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, and ICR Research. The overall conference topic in 2023 is Facilitating Access, Participation and Exchange of Knowledge in a Fragmented World.’

The conference will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive sessions. Anticipated topics include the sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge and technological innovation, intellectual property rights, and the overall role of universities and research institutions in diplomacy. You can access the list of speakers here.

The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, research, and ideas, and establish collaborations in the new and rapidly developing field. Selected presentations will be considered for publication of the second Knowledge Diplomacy collection of chapters, but this is optional.

The conference is co-organised by the University of London Institute in Paris, the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the School of Advanced Study, the Centre for Online and Distance Education, and ICR Research. 


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This conference is sponsored by the University of London Knowledge Exchange Fund enabled by UKRI Research England.