Colloquium Forms of Diplomacy, June 2014 (Deadline: 25 October 2013)

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Nathalie Rivere de Carles & Nathalie Duclos, University of Toulouse Le Mirail, France
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International Colloquium, « Form(s) of Diplomacy », 12-13 June 2014, Toulouse 2 Le Mirail University, France.

This colloquium will analyse the changing theoretical and practical forms of political, economic and cultural diplomacy from the eve of the Thirty Years War to the questioning of the Westphalian system in the 20th and the 21st centuries. The incremental rationalizing of diplomatic activity in the Renaissance led to a need to define its physical and ideological framework, to question established diplomatic practices and theories, and to analyse the operating concept of the margin in the diplomatic context. This conference will confront the epistemological evolutions that led to the Treaty of Westphalia and will offer a diachronic view of the questioning of the Westphalian regime vis-a-vis the balance of power. The conflict between the notions of imperial hegemony, balance of powers and collective security will be the ideological background to a new perspective on diplomatic activity contrasting mainstream with marginal or alternative diplomacy.
Besides Track One diplomacy, the growing use of cultural diplomacy (soft power), of Track Two initiatives such as commercial diplomacy, and of para-diplomacy will be at the heart of our debates. The hard power of government-to-government diplomacy will be pitted against other levels of diplomatic undertakings involving non-governmental stakeholders and illustrating a growing use of person-to-person public diplomacy. The role of art and culture as diplomatic instruments and the artist as diplomat will be a new aspect of the analysis of diplomacy.
Studying official and non-official diplomatic figures, real and fictional ambassadors, allows us to consider the linguistic and stylistic features of the diplomatic rhetoric. The close study of the poetics and the stylistics of diplomatic texts, letters and relations will provide a new perspective on diplomatic communication and the circulation of knowledge between nations. The ambassador will be considered as an agent for the transfer and cross-cutting of political and aesthetic values and practices.
We welcome proposals from specialists in literature, comparative literature and history, history of ideas, political science, socio-linguistics and stylistics from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The colloquium will focus on the English-speaking world at large and will adopt a comparative perspective.
It will tackle relations between the United Kingdom and the European Continent (16th-21st century), the Special Relationship between the UK and the United States, British and American cultural diplomacy, Great Britain and the Commonwealth through the prism of soft power, North-South relations, East-West relations, and inter-regional diplomacy.

The papers could address the following (non-exhaustive list of topics):
- Cultural diplomacy: theory, form and action
- The artist as diplomat and the figure of the ambassador in art and literature (from Holbein to Virginia Woolf, from Joseph Conrad to Henry James etc…)
- The diplomatic subject: spy, negotiator, representative of a national territory or marginal territory-subject
- Forms of diplomacy: para-diplomacy, parliamentary diplomacy, commercial diplomacy…
- Diplomacy and International Relations: evolutions and theories
- The space of diplomacy: public and private spheres.
- Diplomacy and Material Culture: objects used in a diplomatic context
- The rhetoric of diplomacy: stylistic, sociolinguistic study of diplomatic relations
- Diplomacy and conflicts: wartime and peacetime negotiations, 'perpetual negotiations', artists and wartime diplomacy.
- Imperial hegemony, balance of power, collective security: the evolution of diplomacy's theoretical frameworks

Please do send your proposals to Dr Nathalie Duclos and Dr Nathalie Rivere de Carles at the following address: before 25th October 2013. Confirmations of acceptance will be sent out from 29th November 2013.