San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), (EFE).- The director of Culture of the Cervantes Institute, Raquel Caleya, told EFE this Wednesday that this entity works in “scientific diplomacy” with other institutions so that Spanish is also “identified as a language of science”.
Caleya has presented the “Plan of cultural action, libraries and digital culture 2023-2026” in the conferences that bring together until next Friday, at the Monastery of Yuso in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), 60 cultural managers from the Instituto Cervantes from around the world.
The action plan aims to advance “cultural management 4.0”, he explained, which is “fundamental to prepare the new way of working, from the digital, in the dissemination of the teaching of Spanish”.
For this, he specified, there are territorial plans to “order” the work of this entity, which develops its multidisciplinary cultural action in an international network of 88 cities in 45 countries, in addition to having two offices in Spain, in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares.
The Cervantes Institute functions as a centralized network that works to disseminate culture and language in Spanish, he added, but its centers are also “very well positioned in the territory and in contact with the local fabric” in which they are located.
«The Cervantes Institute is a specialist in teaching Spanish to foreigners. There is nothing more foreign than a machine, so we have to make these machines think in Spanish with the values that this institution defends”, he stressed.
Thus, it has opted to “avoid biases, transmit Spain’s democratic values and promote scientific talent”, by disseminating the work carried out by these Spanish scientists “in the diaspora” in the United States and Asia.
For the next three years, this body has consolidated a digital culture work area in order to integrate technological transformation projects, including initiatives for innovation and digitization of physical spaces, such as libraries, and new virtual spaces. .
He has advocated transferring this digital transformation to all territories, especially rural areas, to guarantee equal accessibility between generations and different types of audiences.
In this sense, “you can take advantage of the new forms of cultural consumption offered by technological developments,” he pointed out, for which progress must be made in the training of all citizens in digital skills.
“The new rurality is important for the Instituto Cervantes, which works on it the same from its headquarters in Tokyo as it does in other European territories,” Caleya specified.
EFE La Rioja