Arts & International Affairs: Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2018 - Page 55

THE ARTS, PARTICIPATION, AND GLOBAL INTERESTS J.P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Di- rector of the Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Singh has published 9 books and nearly 100 articles. His lat- est book is: Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, 2017). Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011) won the American Polit- ical Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics. His current book project is Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming). He is founding Editor of the journal Arts & International Affairs. Zach Marschall is a doctoral candidate at George Mason University and editorial associate at, a B2B research firm in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Director of Publishing and Program Development at the Policy Studies Organization. Also  AIA’s  inaugural  managing editor, Zach holds degrees from Syracuse University and New York University.  During the last seven years Guy has been internationally documenting cross-cultural performative and literary projects that focus on the positive social impact of the arts—from poetry and performing arts, to music and film. Witnessing and participating in the transformative power of creative social engagement has taught Guy the values of a culturally diverse participa- tory practice—particularly with marginalised individuals such as refugees, the homeless, LGBT and ethnic minorities. Through these experiences, Guy has observed how interactions between different cultures can promote self-de- velopment and provide immediate or repercussive change within the people involved in them. 55