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Friday, November 11, 2016 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

The public are invited to a keynote lecture at the 9th Annual Popular Culture and World Politics Conference. Professor Andrew Cooper (Political Science) will speak on The Contested World of Celebrity Diplomacy.

The engagement of celebrities with the world of diplomacy has been highly contested. From the perspective of traditional state-based diplomats these activities are an unwanted intrusion into the privileges of their ‘club’ world by a cluster without the requisite authority and skill set. [...] This presentation starts out with a mapping exercise depicting a number of categories of celebrity engagement with shifts over time. It then narrows down the list about who can be taken seriously as players in world politics.

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Popular Culture and World Politics Conference, held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, aims to extend existing scholarly efforts to understand how politics, media, celebrities and “entertainment” are shaping and being shaped by political decision-making in numerous venues.​ While continuing the main scholarly focus in the field on identity, conflict and diplomacy the conference aims to broaden the research agenda to tackle contemporary global policy and such challenging international crises as climate change, health emergencies and forced migration.

The conference is jointly presented by the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Location 
Balsillie School of International Affairs
CIGI Auditorium
67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, ON
Canada

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