Event Date: 21 – 22 June 2013
South Wing G12, Council Room
University College London,
London WC1E 6BT
Spaces of Diplomacy
Part of the Diplomatic Cultures Research Network (AH/J013900/1)
The second workshop will focus on the spaces within and through which diplomatic culture is articulated and translated. If diplomacy is theorised as the process of negotiating estrangement between two groups, spatiality emerges as integral to any practice of ameliorating that estrangement. This has traditionally taken the form of either topological studies of diplomatic connections between places, systematic reviews of the location of diplomacy, or of case studies of particular diplomatic contexts. These concerns remain, but the contemporary moment begs new questions. How does the emergence of digital spaces produce new and different forms of diplomacy? Can ‘old’ diplomatic practices be translated for these ‘new’ spaces or does it require an entirely new theorisation? How are spaces produced as diplomatic spaces through the ritualised performance of actors? How does space shape the formation of diplomatic consensus?
Prof. Iver Neumann: Iver Neumann is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He was formerly Director of Research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Professor in Russian Studies, Oslo University. Among his fifteen books are At Home with the Diplomats: Inside A European Foreign Ministry (Cornell University Press, 2012) and Diplomatic Sites: A Critical Enquiry (Hurst, 2013).
Prof. John Watkins: John Watkins is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, where he holds affiliate appointments in History, Medieval Studies, and Italian Studies. He is the author of several books and numerous articles dealing with problems of historiography; cultural, political and economic exchanges between England and the Mediterranean; and the medieval underpinnings of early modernity: The Specter of Dido: Spenser and Virgilian Epic (Yale); Representing Elizabeth in Stuart England (Cambridge); and with historian Carole Levin, Shakespeare’s Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identity in the Elizabethan Age (Cornell). He is currently finishing a book on premodern marriage diplomacy.
Prof. Herman van der Wusten: Herman van der Wusten was Professor of Political Geography at the University of Amsterdam and dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at that university, now emeritus. He did a PhD on Irish resistance movements to the United Kingdom 1800-1922, and wrote on urban questions, nationalism and global politics. In recent times he has concentrated on the making of political centres, particularly in Europe, and has thus become involved in studies of diplomatic practice. This work has notably appeared in European Review (1993), Political Geography (2004), Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (2006, 2010), several of Peter Taylor’s edited collections on Global and World Cities, and in Robert Denemark’s multivolume International Studies Encyclopedia (2010). Some of these contributions have been written in close co-operation with Virginie Mamadouh and that applies also to the paper for this conference.
Friday 21st June
Welcome & introductions:
Keynote 1 – Professor Iver Neumann – Sited Diplomacy
Keynote 2 – Professor John Watkins – Staging Marriage Diplomacy in Late 17th century France
Saturday 22nd June
Agenda-setting in diplomacy I – 5 participants, 5 10-minute presentations
Agenda-setting in diplomacy II – 4 participants, 4 10-minute presentations
Keynote 3 – Professor Herman van der Wusten – The geography of traditional diplomatic networks and nodes revisited: Multilevel foreign policy and multimedia
Contemporary concerns and issues in diplomacy:
1. How can diplomatic objectives be met when resources and overseas missions are being cut?
2. How can a balance be struck between virtual and physical diplomacy,
and what might this look like?
3. To what extent does the changing media landscape and increasing pressures for transparency require new diplomatic practices e.g. regarding consensus, negotiation, confidentiality?
4. How can digital policy be used in policy making?
5. How can diplomatic policy respond to shifts away from traditional power centres (eg: UN Security Council) and towards ‘emerging powers’ and informal/alternative groupings?
Questions by Emma Davies: