Canada research chair in public diplomacy

Chaire de recherche du Canada en diplomatie publique


This Research Chair focuses on three main aims :

1) contribute to the emerging theoretical and empirical debates in International Relations scholarship about the evolution of diplomacy, in light of the dual pressure urged by growing civilizational tensions and technological advancements;

2) refine an interdisciplinary analytical platform to study both discursive and material diplomatic assets;

3) advance recommendations to defuse potential civilizational backlashes and increase international understanding.


Public Diplomacy in the age of globalization

Definitions of modern diplomacy have long emphasized that diplomacy is a state business, a function of foreign policy that allows governments to interact across the borders of their sovereign jurisdictions. During the twentieth century, two parallel and mutually reinforceable developments have turned the situation on its head.

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The chair holder

Caterina CARTA



Bio & Main information about Caterina CARTA

Caterina Carta is associate professor at the Political Science Department of Laval University (Québec City, Canada). Before being invited by Laval University to hold the Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy, Caterina Carta was an assistant professor at Vesalius College from 2012 to 2017 and postdoctoral researcher at the ULB from 2011 to 2012. Her research interests include foreign policy, cultural and public diplomacy, and discourse theory analysis. Her publications include The European Union’s diplomatic Service: Ideas, Preferences and Identities (Routledge, 2012) and Making Sense of Diversity: EU’s Foreign Policy through the Lenses of Discourse Analysis (Farnham: Ashgate) that she edited with Jean-Frederic Morin. Her publications have appeared in Review of International Studies, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Cooperation and Conflict, International Studies Review, and Journal of Language and Politics.