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Translating Diplomatic Culture

                           

 

Event Date: 15-16 February 2013
Deighton Room,
Trinity College,
Cambridge  CB2 1TQ

Translating Diplomatic Culture

Part of the Diplomatic Cultures Research Network (AH/J013900/1)

Exploring the broad themes of this research network, the first workshop will focus on questions of how diplomacy is imagined and practiced differently across a range of times and spaces and how normative practices of diplomacy emphasised in the UN system are echoed, rearticulated and re-worked in other cultural contexts. Extending beyond the ideas of cultural diplomacy and public diplomacy whereby attention focuses primarily on communication with foreign publics, this workshop will examine the modes of translation of diplomatic discourses and practices in relation to a range of governmental, inter-governmental, NGO and public audiences. Bringing together leading scholars and a range of practitioners of diplomacy, this workshop will engage with the following questions: To what extent does a common diplomatic culture exist and facilitate international understanding? What problems can emerge from mistranslation and miscommunication of diplomatic norms and expectations? How can the UK foster dialogue across diplomatic cultures? To what extent can an elite ‘diplomatic cosmopolitanism’ be traced? How does the disclosure of private diplomatic exchanges (e.g. through WikiLeaks) alter diplomatic culture? What role do inter-personal relations, experiential dimensions and practices of gift exchange play in the translation of diplomatic cultures?

Keynote speakers:
Professor  Costas M. Constantinou is Professor of International Relations at the University of Cyprus. He has taught academic courses on diplomacy, trained professional diplomats, and published extensively on the subject, including On the Way to Diplomacy (Minnesota University Press, 1996) and the co-edited Sustainable Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Professor Naoko Shimazu is Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London. Her major publications include Imagining Japan in Postwar East Asia (editor, Routledge, forthcoming 2013), Japanese Society at War: Death, Memory and the Russo-Japanese War (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Nationalisms in Japan (editor, Routledge, 2006), and Japan, Race and Equality: Racial Equality Proposal of 1919 (Routledge, 1998). She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Associate of Modern East Asia Research Centre at Leiden University, Associate of the Pears Institute of Antisemitism (Birkbeck), and a Japan Foundation Fellow.

Professor Merje Kuus is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Her research program focuses on the geopolitics of transnational policy processes and her current work examines the production of expert knowledge in European Union institutions in Brussels. Dr. Kuus is the author of Geopolitics Reframed: Security and Identity in Europe’s Eastern Enlargement (Palgrave, 2007) and the co-editor with Klaus Dodds and Joanne Sharp of the Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics (Ashgate, 2013).

Programme:

Friday 15th February

Keynote 1 – Costas ConstantinouRethinking Diplomatic Culture

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Keynote 2 – Naoko ShimazuPerforming “Afro-Asia” in Post-colonial Diplomacy 

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Saturday 16th February

Agenda-setting in diplomacy I – 5 participants, 10 minute presentations

Robert Adelson (U.S. Embassy, London)

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Dr Corneliu Bjola (University of Oxford)

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Dr Joanna Craigwood (University of Cambridge)

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Dr Carla Figueira (Goldsmiths, University of London)

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Renad Mansour (University of Cambridge)

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Agenda-setting in diplomacy II – 6 participants, 10 minute presentations

Dr Fiona McConnell (University of Cambridge)

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Laura Mills (Queen’s University Belfast)

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Pablo de Orellana (King’s College London)

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Dr Katharina Reitzler (University of Cambridge)

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Monika Sumberova (University of Ostrava)

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Ursula Stark Urrestarazu (Goethe University Frankfurt)

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Keynote 3 – Merje Kuus Symbolic Capital in Transnational Diplomacy: Puzzles from Brussels

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Contemporary concerns and issues in diplomacy – chaired by  Emma Davies (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

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I. Translating Diplomatic Cultures  February 2013
II. Spaces of Diplomacy   June 2013
III. Alternative Cultures of Diplomacy  November 2013

 

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