Indirect Diplomacy: Cross-Imperial Contacts beyond Courts

Indirect Diplomacy: Cross-Imperial Contacts beyond Courts

Organizer
Rubén González Cuerva (IH-CSIC), Manuel Rivero Rodríguez (IULCE-UAM), and Miguel Ángel de Bunes Ibarra (IH-CSIC)
Venue
National Museum of Anthropology
Funded by
IH-CSIC and IULCE-UAM
ZIP
28014
Location
Madrid
Country
Spain
From - Until
14.11.2022 - 15.11.2022
Deadline
31.05.2022
By
Ruben Gonzalez-Cuerva, Institute of History, CSIC

The classic model of early modern diplomacy implies the exchange of missions between courts and sovereigns, but recent scholarship emphasises that many cross-imperial contacts transcended this scheme. Thus, regional authorities or local notables conducted these exchanges with tacit or indirect control of their sovereign court. Given the breadth and variety of this typology, we set out to formalise how such indirect diplomacy developed throughout the first globalisation.

Indirect Diplomacy: Cross-Imperial Contacts beyond Courts

The classic model of early modern diplomacy implies the exchange of missions between courts and sovereigns, but recent scholarship emphasises that many cross-imperial contacts transcended this scheme. Whether missions were sent from Manila to Nagoya, from Sanlúcar de Barrameda to Marrakesh or from Buda to Vienna, regional authorities or local notables conducted these exchanges with tacit or indirect control of their sovereign court. Given the breadth and variety of this typology, we set out to formalise how such indirect diplomacy developed throughout the first globalisation. Specific objectives include the following:

- Rethinking the concept of diplomacy to include broader communication between polities, the protectorates and cross-border contacts
- Problematizing the concept of indirect diplomacy to find out why, how, and when recourse to broad communication became necessary in a given spatial-temporal context and whether it brought marginal benefits or had repercussions on a broader geopolitical level
- Analysing the devices of control and of political communication that the sovereign authority had at its disposal for these missions, between validation and ambiguity
- Recognising the perception of these missions’ nature at their destination, between espionage, informality, and official recognition, as well as the relationship between negotiations, actors, and spaces
- Determining a grammar of indirect diplomacy in order to ascertain the presence (or absence) of norms, practices, languages, and codes shared by diplomatic agents, avoiding a relativist re-reading of the history of diplomacy

Confirmed speakers include Tilman Haug (Universität Münster), Lisa Hellmann (Universität Bonn), Gabor Karman (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), David Martín Marcos (UNED), Robin D. Radway (Central European University), and Hillard von Thiessen (Universität Rostock). We invite submissions of max. 250 words for twenty-minute papers or 3/4-paper panels to ruben.gonzalez@cchs.csic.es. Deadline for submissions is 31 May.

Contact (announcement)

E-Mail: ruben.gonzalez@cchs.csic.es

https://www.academia.edu/77641842/CfP_Indirect_Diplomacy_Cross_Imperial_Contacts_beyond_Courts_Madrid_14_15_November_2022_
Editors Information
Published on
29.04.2022