International Relations, Music and Diplomacy

Sounds and Voices on the International Stage

  • Frédéric Ramel
  • Cécile Prévost-Thomas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cécile Prévost-Thomas, Frédéric Ramel
    Pages 1-19
  3. Shaping the Musical Scene. Sounds and Voices as Objectives of Diplomacy

  4. Shaping the Diplomatic Scene. Sounds and Voices as Frameworks of Diplomacy

  5. Bringing Music to the Fore of the Diplomatic Scene. Sounds and Voices as Objects of Diplomacy

  6. Musical. Nation Branding on International Scenes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-297

About this book


This volume explores the interrelation of international relations, music, and diplomacy from a multidisciplinary perspective. Throughout history, diplomats have gathered for musical events, and musicians have served as national representatives. Whatever political unit is under consideration (city-states, empires, nation-states), music has proven to be a component of diplomacy, its ceremonies, and its strategies. Following the recent acoustic turn in IR theory, the authors explore the notion of “musical diplomacies” and ask whether and how it differs from other types of cultural diplomacy. Accordingly, sounds and voices are dealt with in acoustic terms but are not restricted to music per se, also taking into consideration the voices (speech) of musicians in the international arena.

Frédéric Ramel is Full Professor and Head of the Political Science Department at Sciences Po, Centre de Recherches Internationales, France.

Cécile Prévost-Thomas is Associate Professor in Sociology of Music at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Centre de Recherche sur les Liens Sociaux, France.


IR theory Acoustic turn Musical diplomacy International voices Cultural diplomacy Synbolism Representation

Editors and affiliations

  • Frédéric Ramel
    • 1
  • Cécile Prévost-Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for International Studies (CERI)Sciences PoParisFrance
  2. 2.Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3ParisFrance

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