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The Global

Prof JP Singh reflects on our last deliberation day on The Global. Gideon Wabvuta held before him a red chilli and spoke to anger and anxiety and its global manifestations. He narrated his own story in which his mother in Zimbabwe worries about him being in Los Angeles. Gideon also described ways in which his identity in the United States…

Published on 30 Aug 2017 11:30am

Culture Wars

Reflecting on a performance of Mark Thomas and a guided walk by Edinburgh Art Festival director Sorcha Carey, the Global Cultural Fellows discussed the idea of "Culture Wars" The Culture Wars group started today’s session with a clip from the film The Gladiator, specifically the scene in which two warriors fight to the death in the Colosseum for the amusement…

Published on 18 Aug 2017 10:43am

Anger & Anxiety

After seeing "The Divide" at the Edinburgh International Festival, today Fellows reflected on the theme of Anger & Anxiety. Anger and Anxiety Standing in the middle of a circle formed by the collectively-seated Global Cultural Fellows, Consuelo Hidalgo scanned the list of questions in her notebook, raised her head and ask her colleagues: do states deserve the leaders they elect?…

Published on 17 Aug 2017 1:03pm


Zach Marschall and Prof JP Singh summarise the discussion on Empathy, reflecting on the show "Flight". “The world still thinks India has a functional democracy. I beg to differ.” Those were the words of Shubham Roy Choudhury in his presentation on empathy, the theme for today’s discussions. Acknowledging that today marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence from British rule,…

Published on 16 Aug 2017 8:22am


Global Cultural Fellows reflected on "Mies Julie" and "Ramy: In the frontline" in today's session on Witness. Do artists have a predisposition to bear witness? Why and How? That was a primary concern for the Global Cultural Fellows after seeing Yaël Farber’s Mies Julie and Ramy Essam’s Ramy: In the frontline. Their discussions acknowledged many challenges including moral and ethical…

Published on 15 Aug 2017 8:21am


11 June, 2018

IICR Workshop: Networked Cultures: Translations, Symbols, and Legacies

Conference: Surgeons' Hall
08:30 (1 day and 7 hours)
1 November, 2017

The Art of Negotiating Markets and Development -- Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture: King Khalid Auditorium
Institute for International Cultural Relations
Speaker: JP Singh # Director, Institute for International Cultural Relations
18:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes)
4 October, 2017

The Virgin and the Plow: How Technology Shapes Who We Are, and How We Live and Love

Lecture: King Khalid Auditorium
IICR Distinguished Speaker Series & Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Series
Speaker: Debora Spar # President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Hosted by: JP Singh # Director, IICR; Hosted by: Fiona Mackay # Dean and Head of School of Social and Political Science
18:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes)
15 June, 2017

IICR Scholarly Conference 2017: Exploring Cultural Interests & Values

Conference: ECA
By invitation only
Hosted by: Professor JP Singh # Director, Institute for International Cultural Relations
09:00 (19 hours)
26 April, 2017

Cultural Conversations: Cultures of Global Health Lunchtime Series

Seminar: IASH The University of Edinburgh Hope Park Square Edinburgh EH8 9NW
IICR Seminar and Workshop Series
Hosted by: Professor J P Singh # Director, Institute for International Relations; Speaker: Dr Fiona Cuthill # School of Health in Social Science
12:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes)
7 April, 2017

Conference on Cultural Destruction and Deterioration (Seminar)

Seminar: Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
IICR Seminar and Workshop Series 2017
Hosted by: Professor JP Singh # Director, Institute for International Cultural Relations; Speaker: Professor Ilde Rizzo # Professor of Public Finance, University of Catania and Director of the Postgraduate Master on the Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage, Scuola Superiore, University of Catania.; Speaker: Tim Slade # Filmmaker: "The Destruction of Memory."
14:00 (4 hours and 30 minutes)