New Issue of Diplomatica

Our latest issue, vol 6, no 1, is now available.

Upcoming Conferences

Culture & International History VII: Uncertain Boundaries in International History
12–14 December 2024, Berlin

The World and Europe: Diplomatic Transfers, Networks, Representations and Practices
Sixth Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network
22–24 May 2025, Aix-en-Provence
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2024

Mattingly Prize Winner Announced

Every year Brill, the editorial board of Diplomatica, and the New Diplomatic History Network award a prize for an article of excellence and originality on the subject of diplomatic society or culture, broadly defined. 

The recipient of the prize for Volume 5 (2023) is Gert Huskens for the article ‘In the Shadow of Ancient Thebes. Belgian Consular Representation in Luxor and Local Elites, 1860 and 1937’. This is an original study which elegantly reshapes the existing narratives by highlighting how the diplomacy in Egypt during the long nineteenth century was not solely crafted by Western career diplomats but involved powerful local families acting as Belgian consular representatives. In so doing, it deftly uses an eclectic range of sources to draw a picture of these understudied figures, their place in Egyptian society, the range of activities and services they undertook, and how the scope of their duties changed over time. The well-written article weaves in the complex positionality of the local actors as diplomatic actors in their local milieu which had become a place of global archaeological attention. It introduces a fresh perspective by exploring how these local consular agents influenced diplomatic life in Egypt, adding depth to the understanding of diplomatic dynamics during that period.

Featured Podcasts

Several new podcasts are now available on our podcasts page. Listeners may also rate and subscribe to them on Apple podcasts, Soundcloud, and Spotify.

The complete series of Professor Jeremy Black’s podcasts about geopolitics may be found here.

Some Recent Articles of Note

The most recent issue of Federal History (April 2024) features several essays about consulates.
Francesco Storti, Isabella Lazzarini, Malika Dekkiche, Imma Petito, and Gianluca Falcucci. CESURA Rivista 2/2 (2023) has several articles about the New Diplomatic History.