Sascha Priewe joins Chris and Ken to discuss rethinking and reorienting our institutions to promote cultural diplomacy as critical practice. Priewe notes that an appreciation for cultural nuances can further foreign policy objectives and is all the more important in times of crisis, including during a pandemic.
Sascha Priewe is the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships. In this role, he works on cross-departmental programs and projects that support the ROM’s strategic vision, and develops and manages new institutional partnerships with other cultural and academic institutions.
Previously, Sascha was the Managing Director – Culture Centres at the ROM and charged with sharing and making relevant the riches of the museum’s art and culture collections and curatorial research in archaeology, art history, anthropology and conservation. Before joining the ROM, he was the Curator of Chinese and Korean collections at the British Museum and served as a diplomat in the German Foreign Office. With a PhD in archaeology from the University of Oxford, his research has focused on Chinese art and archaeology, Korean art, museum studies and cultural diplomacy.
Sascha is a Co-Founder of the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI). He is also currently cross-appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Toronto, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Sascha also serves on the Board of Directors of ICOM (International Council of Museums) Canada, and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College.