24 June 2020
A World of Realms: A Long View of Diplomacy and Spatiality in the
Premodern Islamic World.
University of Antwerp – Belgium, May 20-21, 2021
Keynote speaker: Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA/Collège de France)
Power in History: Centre for Political History invites papers that inquire into the spatial dimensions of diplomacy and their relation to conceptions of territoriality in the larger Islamic world, from the 7th to the early 19th century, as part of a two-day interdisciplinary workshop held at the University of Antwerp and hosted by the History Department on May 20-21, 2021.
Deadline for abstracts: August 15, 2020.
Debates on the nature of the sovereign state as a territorially defined political entity are closely linked to discussions of “modernity” and to the development of the field of International Relations. While scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds have long questioned when and how conceptions of the “territorial state” emerged, rarely have they ventured outside the European context. A closer look at the premodern Islamic world, however, shows that “space” and “territoriality” mattered a great deal, informed interstate contacts and influenced the conduct and evolution of diplomacy. This is clear not only from one of the key concepts in Islamic law of a world divided in two dārs (‘territories’) – dār al-Islām and dār al-ḥarb –, but also from early developments in human and administrative
geography, and, more broadly, from those variegated formal texts participating in the “discourse of place.” In these conceptions, space, real or imagined, carried great significance.
Since the collapse of the Abbasid Caliphate, if not earlier, ruling elites and intellectuals in the Islamic world recognized a collectivity of entities or realms (mamālik) that appear to have been territorially defined. Administrative manuals and diplomatic sources insist on a range of basic rules of respect for borders (however defined), security and immunities for emissaries (and traveling scholars, merchants and pilgrims), thus pointing to the importance attached to delineating and defining territory.
Furthermore, possession of territory granted status to rulers and therefore appears as a prerequisite of the establishment of diplomatic contact, and this independently of any supposedly fixed norms of who was/could be considered ‘sovereign’ or not.
As both territoriality and diplomacy remain little studied in the context of the larger Islamic world, from the beginnings of Islam up to the early 1800s, this workshop invites papers that examine their connections from a spatial perspective. “Space” is key to understanding diplomacy in both a ‘high political’ sense – rulers formally recognizing one another (or not) and the making (and dissolution) of alliances – and as a practice through the dispatching or exchange of envoys. It operates on the premise that distinct entities exist and must be able to continue to exist alongside each other. Moreover, interpersonal diplomatic encounters, be they highly ritualized or informal, are always place-specific. The various qualities and functions of these (staged) sites may change over time, as do the social profiles of the actors who can enter and endow them with (new) meanings. Scholars have often emphasized the importance of asking who is allowed or barred access to the spaces of diplomacy and raised important questions as to the nature of power and domination. These questions, in turn, go to the heart of older but key issues in the historical scholarship on state-building and state-public relations.
In a world as mobile as the Islamic world, how did diplomatic practices take shape and, indeed, what meanings were ascribed to “territory” by rulers, administrators and the envoys who moved back and forth between different courts? We welcome papers dealing with the many spatial dimensions of interstate contact and particularly seek contributions that critically engage with one or more of the following themes:
– Conceptions of material space: what defined a territory and in which terminologies were they scripted (center vs frontier, city vs ‘hinterland,’ or geographic vs legal space)?
– Territory as spaces embedded in larger relational webs of territories (and related notions of boundary-making, ‘types’ of territories, shifting notions of
‘extraterritoriality’ or sovereignty)
– Perceptions and (metaphoric) representations of space (and how they changed through diplomatic contact): in cartography, manuscript illumination, prose, art, and architecture
– Imaginative space: the relevance of historical, mythical, metaphorical space
– Papers building on Lefebvre’s seminal works on the social production of space and its relation with ‘class’ domination and struggle
– The various and evolving ‘settings’ of diplomatic encounter: near borders (for the exchange of prisoners), at sea, in ‘neutral’ places, in seats of power (palaces, frontier fortresses)
– Ritual places (shrines, mosques, burial places) and their often contested significance in interstate dealings
We welcome contributions by historians, art historians, literary scholars, political scientists, anthropologists, archeologists, archivists, and philologists on any subject that falls in the period between the 7th to the early 19th century, when Muslim polities increasingly reverted to resident diplomacy. We prefer papers that depart from the perspective of Muslim states (and draw on the sources they left behind) and investigate their interactions with either Muslim or non-Muslim polities (or both). Along with contributions on the various major Islamic states in the Maghreb, Western and Central Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Central, South and Southeast Asia – including, but not limited to the Umayyads, Abbasids, Nasrids, Mongols, Mamluks, Hafsids, Mandinkas (Mali Empire), Kanembus (Bornu Empire), Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals – we also encourage papers on pastoral nomad and peripheral groups and their interactions with Muslim polities.
The organizers will be able to cover part of the expenses of participants. An exception can be made for those whose institution does not provide any allowance for conference participation. As papers (in English and max. 8000 words) will be pre-circulated, selected speakers will have to submit their draft papers no later than mid-April 2021. They also commit to revise their papers for future inclusion in a peer-reviewed collective publication.
Submissions for papers should include: name, main affiliation, paper title, abstract (max. 250 words) and a short bio (max. 50 words).
Deadline: please send all proposals to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 15, 2020.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by late August 2020.
27 January 2020
Internationalism(s) and Education during the Cold War.
Actors, Rivalries and Circulations
University of Lausanne
June 24-25, 2021
Organized by Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz (University of Lausanne) and Damiano Matasci
(University of Geneva)
Deadline: September 15, 2020: Please send proposals to the following addresses: Raphaelle.RuppenCoutaz@unil.ch, Damiano.Matasci@unige.ch Abstracts (300 words max. in word or pdf files) will include a title, a specific issue, a bibliography (5 references max.) and a short bio-bibliographic notice (15 lines max.).
Details in the attached pdf: Geneva 2021
10 December 2019
Diplomacy and the Natural Environment
(Diplomatica special issue)
deadline for submissions: 15 February 2020
For this special issue of Diplomatica we invite proposals for essays on aspects of diplomacy’s relationship to the natural environment. Essays may cover any historical period up to the present-day. The central questions that this special issue poses are:
How does the natural environment condition, cause, or complicate diplomatic action?
How does diplomacy affect relations between humanity and nature?
How has ‘nature’ been used in theory and in practice to further or cast into question diplomatic relations?
Possible topics include:
– Plant, animal, and mineral specimens as objects and/or subjects of diplomatic exchange;
– The relationship of concepts and/or metaphors of natural order, the state of nature, etc. to diplomacy;
– Negotiations relating to the environment, climate change, conservation, etc.;
– Visual, literary, musical, and cinematic depictions of nature in diplomatic contexts;
Please send expressions of interest, or abstracts of 500 words and a brief bio-note to the issue editors, email@example.com by 15 February 2020. Please quote ‘Diplomacy and the Natural Environment’ in the subject line.
Notification of acceptance will be no later than 15 March 2020. If accepted, full essays (of 7000 to 9000 words) will be due by 15 January 2021.
Review-essays and interviews pertinent to the special issue are also very welcome. Please contact the journal editors with any questions.
10 December 2019
Scandinavian Internationalist Diplomacy, 1920s-1970s
Call for Papers for three workshops at the University of Copenhagen (27-29 May 2020), Södertörn University (September 2020) and the University of Oslo (January 2021)
The Scandinavian countries are often seen as being among the most consistent promoters of internationalist solutions to global challenges and can boast some of the most renowned internationalist figures of the 20th Century. Scandinavia, moreover, sees itself, and is often recognized, as a region representing and promoting a certain set of values (such as democracy, social equality and progressive ideals on rights) on the international stage. While there are truths in these stereotypes, the role and reputation of Scandinavian international politics developed in a complex symbiosis between the rise of international organizations (IOs) and professionalization of foreign services (as part of the construction of the modern state) from the turn of the last century onwards. There is a large body of literature on how the various (non-state) internationalist strands developing from the late 1800s onwards were absorbed into the corporatist structures of the Scandinavian post-war welfare state. However, very little research exists, that (a) studies Scandinavian internationalism as a transnational historical phenomenon, (b) that is intrinsically linked to the rise of IOs and (c) is rooted in expanding diplomatic practices.
This workshop trilogy (see descriptions of workshops below) brings these elements together in a systematic fashion, to study the emergence of Scandinavian internationalist diplomacy between the 1920s and the 1970s. By centring on a wider conception of diplomatic institutions, actors and practices and positioning Scandinavia within the new literature on internationalisms and international organizations, the workshop series aims to:
1) Critically analyse the established narrative of a distinct Scandinavian internationalism by exploring it as part of new diplomatic practices within the new ‘space’ between international organizations, national foreign services and new diplomatic actors.
2) Study Scandinavian internationalism as evidenced in diplomatic practices and exploring it as a distinct realization of national interests – neither a priori benign nor malign – in its transnational context.
3) By building on a broad definition of what constitutes diplomacy, the workshop series connects what is often studied separately: state-driven, traditional diplomacy and the internationalist endeavours of non-state actors (from single individuals and groups of activists via civil society organizations to key corporations).
4) Offer a new, comprehensive chronology of Scandinavian internationalist diplomacy, and to critically interpret this within the broader and later more dominant Nordic conceptualization of internationalism.
Guide for participants:
Prospective participants are invited to submit an abstract (400 words) to the organizers of the relevant workshop no later than 1 February 2020.
Workshop 1: Haakon A. Ikonomou: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop 2: Andreas Hellenes: email@example.com
Workshop 3: Sunniva Engh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected participants will be expected to submit their full papers (minimum 4000 words) to the relevant workshop organizers for pre-circulation two weeks prior to the relevant workshop.
Workshop 1: Scandinavian Multilateral Diplomacy: from the League of Nations to post-war IOs
27-29 May 2020, University of Copenhagen
Organizers: Haakon A. Ikonomou and Rasmus S. Søndergaard
Over the last hundred years, diplomacy has become increasingly nested in multiple IOs, from the League of Nations, via the United Nations and several economic and security organizations after the Second World War, to the European Union. This development has profoundly shaped how states do foreign politics and, arguably, how they articulate their very interests. The impact has been particularly drastic for small states, such as the Scandinavian. Indeed, the bureaucratic professionalization of Scandinavian diplomacy was driven not only with the formalization of the modern state apparatus but found its shape and purpose within an expanding international and regional space. With the rise of international organizations, small states found new multilateral forums in which to articulate and pursue interests, alliances and brands. This workshop will explore how the ‘vertical’ transnational space between national foreign services and international organizations shaped Scandinavian multilateral diplomacy. Within this scope, the workshop, in particular, welcomes papers on:
- Administrative reforms, codes of conducts and recruitment patterns of Scandinavian foreign services as part of a global circulation of knowledge, expertise and imaginations of efficiency, power and modernity
- Patterns of exchange in personnel between Scandinavian foreign services and IOs
- Specific transnational spaces of multilateral diplomacy, including cooperation between Scandinavian diplomats and foreign services within IOs
- The role of the Nordic model(s) in Scandinavian multilateral diplomacy
- Critical examinations of the origin and promotion of the Scandinavian brand as global good Samaritans committed to peace, solidarity and human rights
Workshop 2: Scandinavian Public Diplomacies Beyond State Actors
September 2020, Södertörn University (exact dates to TBD)
Organizers: Carl Marklund and Andreas Hellenes
The first post-war decade saw the earliest institutionalisation of Scandinavian public diplomacy, although roots stretch back to the interwar years. The new institutions relied on the assistance of other actors representing the mainstream internationalism of cultural relations and international trade, as well as the Scandinavian popular movements. These internationalisms not only co-existed with the state-administered public diplomacy but were co-constitutive on an organisational level and entangled in the activities pursued by the states abroad. The interface and exchange between different forms of diplomacy – traditional, public, economic, military, social and citizen diplomacy – are understudied at present. We wish to address the spectrum of divergent diplomatic practices in the plural – public diplomacies – by specifically investigating the state-civil society nexus in Scandinavia and beyond. This nexus was not least a result of the small size of the national elites; personal contacts and networks were easily transplanted from the national to the international level. This workshop will explore how the emergence of the international field allowed for a variety of methods and multi-positionalities for Scandinavian diplomatic entrepreneurs, sometimes acting in their own name, sometimes in the name of the state, and often in interplay between the two. The workshop sets out to go beyond the study of statist public diplomatic action and expand the notion of the public diplomat to involve non-governmental actors, movements and corporations. We therefore welcome papers that study for example:
- The organisation and institutionalisation of Scandinavian public diplomacies as contested fields between political, economic and cultural national interests and internationalist ideas of cooperation and exchange
- Scandinavian cooperation in joint public diplomacy efforts in international sites – agendas, arenas, events and organisations
- The role of the Scandinavian popular movements in spearheading internationalist initiatives at home and abroad
- Alternative Scandinavian internationalisms within transnational networks independently or in coordination with the publicly sponsored varieties
Workshop 3: Scandinavian Internationalists: Transnational Biographical Entry Points January 2021, University of Oslo (exact dates to TBD)
Organizers: Sunniva Engh and Niels Brimnes
As an approach, the biography has the strength that it can link the individual to broader structural developments. The protagonist both provides “valuable sensors for general trends and changes in society” and serves a privileged, specific and manageable point of entry to large and complex processes. For the biography to work as a sensory tool for the genealogy of Scandinavian internationalist diplomacy, it needs to be fundamentally transnational in scope. A transnational gaze allows us to explore their productive role at the nexus of new modes of global governance, rapidly professionalizing foreign service, and increasingly internationally organized non-state actors. In particular, the workshop takes interest in individuals that operated across the traditional state/non-state division and seeks to understand how they negotiated and were shaped by tensions between the agendas of state and non-state actors. Another strength of the biographical approach is that by tracing specific lives and careers the historian often transcends, bridges and challenges taken for granted historical periodisations. Thus, a concrete aim of the workshop is to compare and connect narratives of various prominent Scandinavian protagonists that had their formative experiences in the interwar period and would continue their internationalist endeavours into the post-war years. By tying together these biographies, we are able to get at the role played by the first generations of 20th century internationalist diplomats, and how the ‘capital’ accumulated in the interwar years translated into post-war currency. The workshop welcomes papers on issues such as:
- How Scandinavian internationalist figures contributed to and / or capitalized on specific visions of Scandinavia as societies that were socially just and peaceful
- How Scandinavian internationalists negotiated tensions between the agendas of state and non-state actors
- ‘Forgotten’ Scandinavian internationalist from non-State actors such as activist NGOs
- Papers that address methodological issues in writing biographies on internationalist protagonists
- Papers that address the role of professional networks in furthering international engagement
Deadline for abstracts: 1 February 2020.
Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2020.
Deadline for full papers: two weeks prior to the relevant workshop.
The organisers will cover travel expenses, meals and accommodation during the workshops.
For general enquiries, please contact Haakon A. Ikonomou: email@example.com
20 May 2019
Call for papers for the 2020 MatchPoints Seminar at Aarhus University, 23-25 April 2020: “Denmark and Germany in Europe – Cooperation, Conflict and Future Challenges”
Since 2007, Aarhus University has hosted the annual MatchPoints Seminar, bringing together researchers, politicians, business representatives and civil society organisations to discuss critical, current societal issues. We are happy to announce the topic of the 2020 MatchPoints Seminar; Denmark and Germany in Europe – Cooperation, Conflict and Future Challenges, and researchers are now invited to submit paper proposals for the Seminar, which will take place on 23-25 April 2020.
2020 is an important year in Danish-German relations. Proclaimed official Danish-German cultural friendship-year, the year 2020 also marks the centenary of today’s Danish-German border, the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the 65th anniversary of the Copenhagen-Bonn Agreements on national minorities in the Danish-German Borderland, and the 30th anniversary of German reunification. The 2020 MatchPoints Seminar wishes to explore and discuss important developments and patterns of interaction in the Danish-German relationship since the 19th century and situate current and former Danish-German cultural, political and economic relations in their broader European contexts. In doing so, the seminar emphasises the vital importance for both countries of collaboration with other European countries in shaping a common European future.
The MatchPoints Seminar will offer a wide range of keynote lectures and panel debates by speakers of the highest prominence. These include, among others, columnist, historian and Professor Anne Applebaum, Professor Wolfgang Ischinger (tbc), Professor Astrid Erll, Professor Ole Wæver and leading German and Danish politicians and government officials. The paper sessions of the seminar will be organised around the following four themes:
- Border Issues prior to and after 1871
- German-Nordic Relations and the Re-making of the European Order after 1919
- The German Model and its Role in the European Economic Space after 1945
- Germany, Denmark and the New Geopolitical Turn in European Politics
- Critical Theory and the Legacies of 1968
- Memory Culture
- Media and Identity
- Movement and Migration
- Clean Tech
- Barriers to Trade – Germany / Denmark
- EMU Challenges
- Labour Market – National, European, and Global
- Populism and Euroscepticism
- Migration: Social and Political Challenges
- European Security
- European Cohesion
The seminar wishes to encourage interdisciplinary research and dialogue and invites researchers from across the humanities, political and social science, economics and law to submit papers in relation to any of the four themes.
- Columnist, historian and Professor Anne Applebaum, London School of Economics
- Professor Astrid Erll, Goethe University Frankfurt
- Professor Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen
- Professor Elizabeth Buettner, Amsterdam University
- Professor Steen Bo Frandsen, University of Southern Denmark
- Associate Professor Morten Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen
- Associate Professor Jes Fabricius Møller, University of Copenhagen
- Senior Lecturer Dagmar Brunow, Linnæus University
- Senior Lecturer Michael Jonas, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg
- Professor Christian Martin, New York University/Kiel University
- Professor Florian Trauner, Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels
- Professor Wolfgang Ischinger, Hertie School of Business, Berlin
- Professor Harold Marcuse, UC Santa Barbara.
Time and place:
23-25 April 2020 at Aarhus University, The Lakeside Lecture Theatres, Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
Deadline for paper proposals:
10 June 2019.
The paper proposal must not exceed 300 words and should include a brief outline of the topic, argument and the paper itself, information about which theme and session(s) the paper relates to and contact details of the presenter. At the seminar, each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes to presents his/her paper, no written papers are required. Abstracts, including a short CV, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees and registration
Early bird – approx. DKK 1200 incl. VAT (EUR 160)
Late bird – approx. DKK 1700 incl. VAT (EUR 225)
Registration opens January 2020
Professor Thorsten Borring Olesen is Chair and Coordinator of the MatchPoints Seminar 2020. The Seminar has further set up an organising committee consisting of members from both within and outside Aarhus University. See the complete list of members of the steering committee here
1 February 2019
Call for Participants: unconventional diplomacy panels at BIHG
New Diplomatic History themed panels at the British International History Group (BIHG) conference, Lancaster University (UK), 5-7 September 2019
We are looking to put together two linked panels of three speakers each for the BIHG conference in 2019. We would like to see New Diplomatic History ideas and approaches well represented at this conference.
We therefore invite participants to join our two panels, both of which will be on the theme of ‘unconventional diplomacy’. We are open to very broad interpretations of this theme, including but not limited to:
- Official/state-sponsored diplomats acting in unconventional roles or using unconventional methods (broadly defined)
- Official state representatives outside the ‘normal’ diplomatic fraternity (e.g. spies as diplomats)
- Non-state actors in a diplomatic role
- The activities of retired diplomats
The BIHG conference details can be found at:
We are looking for up to six panellists working on ‘unconventional diplomacy’ across any time period and are keen to involve a broad range of approaches, geographies and periods. We welcome participation by postgraduate and early career researchers as well as more established scholars.
If you are interested, please send a 250 word abstract and brief biography (around 150 words) to both:
Alexander Shaw – email@example.com
Giles Scott-Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application: 18 February 2019
(in order to ensure we can compose the panels in time for submission to the BIHG deadline on 1 March).
6 November 2018
The Affective Glue of European Integration: The role of transnational political, religious, and economic networks and their shared emotional vocabulary in shaping European integration (1930-’57)
Utrecht University 8-9 April 2019
How have transnational networks shaped the start-up of European integration (1930-1957) and how did they develop and make use of a shared emotional vocabulary to articulate their ambitions, dreams, longings, and dreads in this respect?
While there have been numerous accounts of the early years of European integration emphasizing the importance of economic and (geo-)political interests, the emotional dimension in the history of European integration has often been overlooked.
Research on the role of emotions in international relations has shown that emotions both inform the perception of interests and ideas, and are actively used to mobilize or constrain support for certain political ideas. Moreover, emotions are important to understand the interactions among policy-making elites. For example, a shared emotive vocabulary facilitates political negotiations, and political ideas that are tied to dominant “emotion norms” (i.e. affective glue) can be expected to be more successful.
Since the early years of European integration were characterized by an initial rather “open” competition among alternative blueprints of a future European order, it is of critical importance to examine the way in which both backward-looking emotions based on experiences (such as trust and hate) and forward-looking emotions underpinning expectations (such as hope and fear), shaped both the substantive ideas of those blueprints as well as the interaction among policymaking elites.
Transnational networks, overlapping in political, economic and religious make-up, and in intra-European and trans-Atlantic geographical spheres, were the key fora that enabled competing ideas and emotions to be articulated, shaped, and developed. Hence, these transnational networks may tell us in what ways fear, hope and (dis)trust informed the European integration process. How were emotional beliefs tied to a specific religious vocabulary, such as reconciliation, solidarity, and responsibility, mobilized to gain support for particular blueprints of Europe?
In light of the accumulated attention for emotions and transnational networks among historians and international relations scholars, this workshop aims to bring together researchers working on the “affective glue” of European integration in its early years, from the 1930s until the launch of the European Economic Community (1957).
We welcome papers that address the following topics:
• The role of individual key actors in the articulation or political translation of blueprints and their transnational relations with other players in the field;
• The role and interaction of specific hubs and groups (political, economic, ecumenical) in shaping the start-up of European integration (circle of friends, group of civil servants, diplomats, entrepreneurs, etc.);
• The development of and contestation over central emotional beliefs concerning blueprints of Europe, both over time and at critical junctures (genealogy of ‘hope’, ‘solidarity’, ‘responsible society’, etc.);
• Theoretical approaches on the role of emotions and emotional beliefs in understanding the history of European integration.
As part of this workshop we will study the options for a special issue/edited volume. The workshop takes place at Utrecht University on 8 & 9 April 2019. Travel (within Europe) and accommodation will be provided for paper-givers.
• Deadline abstract (300-500 words) & short biography: 11 January 2019. Abstracts should be sent to Dr Trineke Palm at email@example.com. We will inform applicants by 31 January 2019.
• Deadline full paper (8.000-10.000 words): 29 March 2019.
23 July 2018
Exposing Secrets: The Past, Present and Future of U.S. National Security Whistleblowing and Government Secrecy
An Interdisciplinary Conference involving Scholars, Journalists, Whistleblowers, and Advocates
17-18 January 2019
New York University London Campus, 6 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK
Keynote Speakers include
Ewan MacAskill: Pulitzer Prize-winning defence and intelligence correspondent for The Guardian
John Kiriakou: Former CIA-analyst and case officer who was prosecuted after exposing torture
Edward Snowden and National Security Agency mass surveillance; Reality Winner and Russian interference in U.S. elections; James Comey and Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice. National security whistleblowing continues to shape history and stir controversy in and beyond the U.S. Drawing on political, legal, journalistic and cultural perspectives, this international, public conference will explore among other topics:
● The contested definition of whistleblowing versus “leaking” and “unauthorized disclosure”
● The relationship between whistleblowers and journalists
● Whistleblowing and the evolution of information: “big data”
● The legality of whistleblowing and the challenges of advocacy
● Whistleblowers in popular culture
● State deterrence of whistleblowing: old and new mechanisms
● Whistleblowing as a transnational phenomenon
● Publishers: From traditional media to WikiLeaks
We welcome individual submissions, as well as proposed panels and roundtables. Please send a 500-word abstract and brief 1-2 page bio/cv to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 September 2018.
Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia)
Hannah Gurman (New York University)
For more see: https://wp.nyu.edu/whistleblowing
12 June 2018
Call for Papers: Culture & International History VI: Visions of Humanity
6 – 8 May 2019 in Berlin
John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin
The conference Culture and International History VI will take place from the 6th through the 8th of May, 2019 in Berlin. Siep Stuurman (Universiteit Utrecht), author of The Invention of Humanity: Equality and Cultural Difference in World History (Harvard UP, 2017), will deliver the keynote speech. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the symposium cycle that began in 1999 and has since taken place in Wittenberg, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Berlin. Key themes and contributions have been published in Berghahn Books’ series Explorations in Culture and International History (Oxford, New York, since 2003).
“Visions of Humanity” seeks to address the growing interest in historical ideas, statements, policies and actions invoking transnational, international and global audiences in the name of common values, rights and concerns. These may be manifest in activism relating to human rights, policies invoking humanitarian action, cultural output imagining trans-border societies, ideas wedding technology and the human, international protest against mechanisms of marginalization, cross-cultural canon-building (“the humanities”) and attempts to define “humanity” in academic disciplines. International history is full of people and organizations invoking visions of humanity in an effort to create common notions of identity (“we”) based on international and global reference points. But who constituted “we”? What made “us” similar? Who was part of humanity, who wasn’t? What were the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in humanity? And who defined and contested these criteria and decisions?
The symposium will focus on visions of humanity as they crystallize in the history of diplomatic and informal fora as well as in the context of specific debates. Specifically, the conference seeks to compare 20th century approaches in North American and transatlantic history to other regions and earlier periods. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- The human rights diplomacy of indigenous people
- Arts, international relations and visions of humanity
- Humanity and the humanities in international exchange
- The concept of humanity in diplomatic and legal parlance
- Minority rights vs. universal rights in international history
- Cultural diplomacy in the name of human rights & humanitarian action
We invite students and scholars of International History, Modern History, Area Studies, Theater Studies, Cultural Studies, Musicology, Art History, Psychology, Social Science, Anthropology and related fields to submit proposals before July 8, 2018. Young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals should include 1. a brief cover letter, 2. the title of the paper and an abstract of max. 500 words, 3. a one-page CV. All three should be submitted in one pdf file. Proposals for panels will also be considered (chair/commentator, three panelists). Pending approval, individual speakers may apply for funds covering the cost of travel and accommodation and should mention this in their application. Participants who have an interest in the topic and would like to attend the conference without delivering a paper are welcome and should contact Verena Specht.
Please submit proposals and questions to: email@example.com
9 January 2018
CFP: Bridging Divides: Third Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network
24-26 October 2018
Roosevelt Institute for American Studies
Naoko Shimazu (Yale-NUS College Singapore)
John Watkins (University of Minnesota)
The New Diplomatic History network focuses broadly on the historical study of diplomats, their methods, and their cultural, political and social milieux. New diplomatic history involves the study of individuals and groups who perform diplomatic roles (but who have so far often been ignored), and the use of perspectives and methodologies from across the social sciences to bring their significance into focus. The network reasserts diplomatic actors as important subjects of historical study while being open to innovations in the understanding of evolving international society.
In the context of globalization, diplomacy has become a complex field of activity involving a host of state and non-state actors in multiple levels and forms of global, regional, and local governance. While the nation-state continues to function as the cornerstone of international order, an increasingly crowded environment has forced adaptations and alterations to all levels of diplomatic practice. Diplomatic studies has duly followed these developments, broadening its scope of attention and theoretical approach in the process.
Yet is this expansion of the diplomatic field only confined to the recent era of globalization? Has diplomacy not always involved a range of actors and interests, even during the heyday of statist diplomacy in recent centuries? Was the state-led modern era unique in the long history of diplomatic practice? How have institutional frameworks altered the poise of diplomacy over time? What are the precedents for the condition of diplomacy in the early 21st century?
As the main meeting point for the New Diplomatic History network, this conference aims to bring together scholars working on diplomacy from different historical periods and from different disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. It intends to link the study of diplomacy across the early modern, modern and post-modern eras, and test the application of investigative concepts across space and time, inviting comparisons across both geographical regions and historical periods.
All proposals exploring the study of diplomacy from theoretical, emotional, sensory, artistic, spatial and temporal perspectives are welcome. Please send a draft title and 500-word (max.) synopsis to NewDH3@gmail.com
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2018
20 November 2017
CFP: Global Diplomacy: A Post-Institutional Approach
Basel/Bern 30 August — 1 September 2018
This conference aims to contribute to the ongoing debate on the transformation of modern diplomacy from an instrument of arcane foreign policy to an intermediary between foreign policy and transnational and transboundary networks. As mentioned in recent research debates (e.g. Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy 2013), the merging of diplomacy, global governance, international relations and international law stands at the core of a paradigmatic shift which overcomes institutional limitations by specifying collaborative activities and multifunctional actors in international politics on a global scale. The conference addresses the theoretical and methodological challenges which result from the tensions between an institutional understanding of foreign relations as activities of a sovereign state and the obvious impact of informal activities shaping politics and public spheres as ‹civil diplomacy› not investigated so far. The conference has a strong interest in methodological debates, asking to what extent the history of institutions is useful for documenting the limits of normative orders and rules. Following this perspective, the Swiss case might offer a starting point for similar cases where global expertise oversteps formal limitations in international politics.
Panel I: Networking on Diplomatic and Consular Levels: Western strategies for Asia 1860s to 1945
(Semi-)colonial settings, concession areas and extraterritorial spaces allow studying the interferences between territory-based governance and the regional impact of various global actors on different regions and international societies. Blurring the apparent difference between East and West, Asia presents an interesting opportunity to investigate the dynamic development of multilayered spaces from the 1860s onwards. The main questions addressed are: How did formal colonial powers as well as states profiting from most-favored nation clauses organize their system of representation in different Asian areas? How and to what extent were non-state actors, e.g. merchants as honorary consuls, as well as professional state actors involved in these diplomatic processes? And to what extent did local intermediaries use, transform and profit from extraterritorial claims? Starting with (but overstepping) the Swiss case as an example for the inclusion of non-state actors and for network-based diplomacy in Asia, the panel aims at developing a sense of converging and diverging diplomatic structures, processes and strategies of different Western states.
Panel II: Entitlements, Practices and Governance on a Global Level
The second panel focuses on the variety of global diplomacy’s actors. The increasing range of thematic issues seems to be a huge challenge for foreign ministries and international organizations. The main questions are: Who is entitled to act on behalf of a state? What is the personal background, the training and education of diplomatic personnel around the globe or the staff working for international organizations? To what extent do foreign ministries guide and control diplomatic relations? And what is the impact of experts and non-state actors with view to the complexity of diplomacy?
Panel III: Neutrals and Neutral States as Global Actors – Motivations, Perceptions, and Economic Interests
Besides considering more actors in international politics, a post-institutional understanding of diplomacy challenges established norms and concepts. Acting as intermediaries in times of war, neutral states offer an opportunity to investigate multifunctional activities, including the question of profits and losses resulting from negotiations on behalf of warring states. In addition, the panel will focus on the interactions between neutrals, including tensions between different understandings of neutrality as an under-investigated perspective in research. As a third aspect, the debate addresses humanitarian interventions from non-state actors, which, in recent debates, are considered as important intermediaries in non-violent interventions. However, beyond the case of ICRC, their activities and practices are less known in historical research, especially when it comes to their activities in the Pacific War. As a forth perspective, the panel addresses the question of who is acting from a neutral position or one perceived as such. Including Jewish organizations active during World War II, the debate compares status and scope of action of neutral non-state actors with regard to enemy aliens and allies on a global scale.
Panel IV: Digital Humanities in the Study of Global Diplomacy
With a new understanding of diplomacy as a field connecting different actors across borders, historiography oversteps the limits of diplomatic source material. The panel will test methodological approaches which are suitable for actor-network analysis and database focused research. To what extent has the digital accessibility of diplomatic documents transformed methodologies and fields of interest in diplomatic history? With JACAR and Dodis as main tools, this panel will take databases into account that allow following diplomatic career patterns, the geographical extension of diplomatic representation and the close entanglement of global trade with diplomatic representation. Besides the presentation of newly developed digital tools with the Asia Directories database among others, the panel will on one hand address the methodological challenges of making available diplomatic connections on a global scale. On the other hand, historians working within digital humanities projects will discuss the opportunities of hyperconvergent infrastructure and ways to share source material.
Panel V: Diplomacy, Transnational Law and Global Studies (interdisciplinary panel)
This concluding panel encompasses the methodological and theoretical framing of new actors in international relations and their problem-solving capacity. With a special focus on refugees and stateless persons, it sheds light on the merging of diplomacy, global governance, international relations and international law. The handling of these two groups of actors shows the limits of traditional foreign and international relations and in doing so, paves the way for an interdisciplinary debate on global governance.
The conference aims to bring together historians as well as researchers from the social sciences and related disciplines with an interest in the history of diplomacy, transnational law and global governance. A common goal is to challenge the former Eurocentric and state-focused diplomatic history in favor of a global history of diplomacy which takes into account border-crossing entanglements and transnational networks.
We invite PhD students, postdocs and senior academics to apply and want to encourage women researchers to send their proposals in order to reach a gender-balanced representation at the conference. Please send your proposal for a paper including information about the applicant (max. 3’000 characters, preferred file format: PDF) to Thomas Bürgisser (thomas.bürgisser@dodis.ch) until January 15th, 2018. All proposals will undergo a peer review process. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by May 2018. For more information, see: https://swiss-diplo.ch/konferenz/
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch (Instiute for European Global Studies University of Basel)
Prof. Dr. Toshiki Mogami (Waseda University, Tokyo)
Prof. Dr. Atsushi Shibasaki (Komazawa University, Tokyo)
Prof. Dr. Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
Dr. Sacha Zala (Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland / University of Bern)
Dr. Thomas Bürgisser
25 October 2017
CFP: New Public Diplomacy
The third issue of the Revista Chilena de Relaciones Internacionales will be completely dedicated to the New Public Diplomacy. Researchers from the areas of International Relations, International Studies, History, and Political Science are welcome to submit their original research articles, or reviews of academic texts, related to the proposed topic.
Since the rise of the New Public Diplomacy, in contraposition to the Traditional Public Diplomacy that sees directs relations only between states, academy has seen the emergence of a wider dimension in the international relations among states. This way, the incorporation of new actors in the world arena makes it unavoidable to ask about the course that the diplomatic technique has adopted, as well as the consequences of the new angles detected.
Academic literature available on the also called “Kinds of Diplomacy” are usually scarce in Spanish because most of the them have been analyzed and developed in Europe and North America. This issue seeks to expand the debate around very current topics such as business sport, digital, cultural, gastronomic, scientific, religious, ethnic, military, environmental, educational, humanitarian, citizen, celebrity, or sub-state diplomacies, among many others.
Research articles covering some of those topics, its roots, objectives, perspective, challenges, and opportunities will be accepted considering the new tendencies of the political communication, the different national interests, and the particular openness, transparency, and active participation that the citizens all over the world demand in all the governmental aspects, including Foreign Policy.
Abstracts’ submission date is inevitably due on December 10th, 2017; any document in a language other than Spanish, English, or Portuguese will not be considered. The complete article due date will be February 2nd, 2018, and the publication of the issue will be March 30th, 2018. Documents must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org cc email@example.com in format .doc, .docx or .pdf. For further information about the authors’ guidelines, please see https://rchri.cl/convocatoria/
Revista Chilena de Relaciones Internacionales ensures a process of peer review complying with the academic standards of blind review, without any discrimination regarding gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, nationality, or political ideology of the authors.
12 October 2017
CFP- Negotiating Networks: new research on networks in social and economic history
One day conference – 25th June 2018
Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Keynote: Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Nottingham
This conference will bring together scholars working on networks in social and economic history, broadly defined, with a particular focus on those using Social Network Analysis (SNA) in their research. SNA has become increasingly popular as one of the key digital tools for historical research in recent years. We would like to encourage conversation and exchange of ideas between researchers who use this methodology.
We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduate, early career and established scholars working in this area. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers dealing with the challenges and rewards of examining historical networks. We therefore encourage papers dealing with the medieval, early modern or modern periods and any geographical location. Papers which take a methodological approach to historical SNA are also welcome.
Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
Economic networks: business, trade and material culture
Religious and cultural networks: networks of minorities and marginalised groups, confessional networks
Interactions between networks and other themes in socio-economic history e.g. migration, institutions
Methodological issues in historical SNA
Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers to Esther Lewis and Charlie Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th January 2018. We hope to offer bursaries for attendance for speakers and travel for postgraduate and ECR attendees.
10 October 2017
CFP: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the Challenge of a New World Order
International Conference to be held in Paris, 5-8 June 2019
Under the aegis of the Institut historique allemand (IHA)/Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris (DHIP), LABEX EHNE, Commission d’histoire des relations internationales/Commission for the History of International Relations
The Peace Conference held in Paris in the aftermath of the Great War remains among the most important yet also most controversial events in modern history. Although it is often considered to have made a second global war all but inevitable, it has also been praised for providing the basis for an enduring peace that was squandered recklessly by poor international leadership during the 1930s.
A major international conference will take place in Paris in June 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the 1919 Conference from a global perspective. The purpose of this event is to re-examine the history of the Peace Conference through a thematic focus on the different approaches to order in world politics in the aftermath of the First World War. A remarkably wide range of actors in Paris – from political leaders, soldiers and diplomats to colonial nationalist envoys and trade unionists, economists, women’s associations and ordinary citizens – produced a wide array of proposals for a future international and, indeed, global order. These proposals were often based on vastly different understandings of world politics. They went beyond the articulation of specific national security interests to make claims about the construction and maintenance of peace and the need for new norms and new institutions to achieve this aim. To what extent the treaties and their subsequent implementation represented a coherent order remains a question of debate.
By ‘order’, we mean in the first instance, the articulation and development of systematic ideas, institutions and practices aimed at promoting a durable peace that would deliver security, economic recovery and social justice. This distinguishes thinking about ‘order’ from discussions of ‘national interests’ – though there was of course overlap between these two modes of thinking about future international relations. Second, we are interested in ‘order’ as an analytical concept in its own right. This encourages historians to identify, as Paul Schroeder has urged, the shared rules, assumptions, and understandings about a particular set of political relations and to show how specific decisions reflect the norms of the order.
Emphasising the preoccupation of peace-makers with the problem of world order broadens the scope of the familiar questions and debates that have dominated the literature on the Peace Conference. It also opens the way for posing new questions and for thinking about more familiar questions in new ways. We therefore invite papers addressing the following questions:
- What were the different conceptions of political, economic and social order advocated at the Paris Conference? What was the relationship between different ideas about the international order, such as a system based on national self-determination and one based on the rule of law? Were there broad over-arching conceptions of an international order, such as liberal or socialist internationalism, that could accommodate more narrowly focused ideas such as free trade or labour rights? How did people conceive of the relationships between self-interest and order? What role did power politics play in conceptions of international order? Were the absentees from Paris – notably the Germans and the Bolsheviks – able to shape the debate about the emerging international order?
- What were the origins of these different ideas about order? Why was there such an interest in the systematic development of particular orders both during and after the war? Who produced ideas about order, and why? What was in particular the role of NGOs and ordinary citizens? Can an approach based on different ‘generations’ of international actors illuminate this problem in new ways? Was the idea of ‘order’ a reaction to international politics before and during the war? Or did it represent a continuity with certain strands of thinking about international politics that pre-dated the outbreak of war in 1914? What was the relationship between the articulation of war aims and ideas about post-war order?
- To what extent did contending visions of an international order shape the peace treaties? Did the organization and proceedings of the Conference reflect tensions between the national, the regional and the global? What was the role of regional orders in shaping broader conceptions of a new world order? To what extent did discourses concerning new regional orders reflect fundamental changes in the conceptualization of world politics? To what extent were they a repackaging of the more familiar themes of empire or spheres of influence?
- How were the peace treaties legitimated to domestic and international audiences? Were subsequent negotiations on the implementation and revision of the peace treaties shaped by the profound debates about international politics that took place before and during the Peace Conference? Were conceptions of international order systematically subordinated to concerns about national security? Conversely, to what extent can it be argued that the Paris Peace Conference produced or contributed to a disorder in European politics that led ultimately to the Second World War?
- What was the impact of the Paris Peace Conference on views of world order based on gender, class and race? How did women, workers and colonial subjects respond to the peace conference and what was its impact on the emergence of alternative voices in international affairs? Whose voices were heard at Paris in 1919 and whose remained silent or were silenced?
- What political and diplomatic practices were implied in these various conceptions of international order? To what extent did these practices shape the course of international relations after 1919? Did the intellectual debate and political experience of the Paris Peace Conference play a role in shaping a future generation of leaders (such as Jean Monnet and John Foster Dulles)?
The Conference organizers aim to ensure the conference provides a global perspective on the Paris Peace Conference. We are therefore particularly keen to receive proposals from scholars working on topics pertaining to the non-western world. The organisers anticipate securing limited financial resources to support delegates’ participation in the conference.
The conference languages will be English and French
Regardless of language, all proposals will receive serious consideration.
The deadline for paper proposals is: 1 June 2018
Please send your proposal (abstract in English or French of no more than 500 words) and short CV to Axel Dröber: ADroeber@dhi-paris.fr.
Conference Steering Group:
Laurence Badel (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Eckart Conze (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Jean-Michel Guieu (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Norman Ingram (Concordia University)
Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow)
Stefan Martens (Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris)
Matthias Schulz (Université de Genève)
William Mulligan (University College Dublin)
Andrew Barros (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Carl Bouchard (Université de Montréal)
Eric Bussière (LABEX EHNE)
Michael Clinton (Gwynedd Mercy University)
Olivier Compagnon (Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht)
Vincent Dujardin (Université catholique de Louvain)
Olivier Forcade (Université de Paris -Sorbonne)
Erik Goldstein (University of Boston)
Talbot Imlay (Université Laval)
Stanislas Jeannesson (Université de Nantes)
John Keiger (University of Cambridge)
William Keylor (University of Boston)
Antoine Marès (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Holger Nehring (University of Stirling)
Jennifer Siegel (The Ohio State University)
Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
Georges-Henri Soutou (Institut de France)
Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)
Hugues Tertrais (Commission of History of international relations-ICHS)
Martin Thomas (University of Exeter)
Antonio Varsori (University of Padua)
Hirotaka Watanabe (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Xu Guoqi (University of Hong Kong)