Day 1: 25.5.2023

DAY 1, Thursday 25th May 2023


! Each session offers a hybrid format for online participants. Links for the Zoom sessions will be sent to the participants’ emails in due time !

This program is available as a .pdf here.


Assembly President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (left), of Algeria, conversing with UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. UN Photos.


8.30: Registration and information desk open

Main hall, Publicum building


9.00-10.00: OPENING & KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 1: Deepak Nair, Lecturer in International Relations, Australian National University

Studying Difference: Avoiding Innocence and Ignorance in the study of Diplomatic Culture.


On site: Edu 2-lecture hall, Educarium building


10.30-13.00: SLOT 1.1

PANEL 1.1.1: Languages of diplomacy in early Modern Europe: Sweden, Spain, and Russia

Chair: Vladislav Rjéoutski (German Historical Institute in Paris)
Discussant:  Indravati Félicité (University of Reunion)
Sophie Holm (German Historical Institute in Moscow), Diplomacy and language in Swedish foreign affairs during the first half of the 18th century
Gleb Kazakov (Justus-Liebig University of Gießen), Foreign Languages in the Russian Diplomacy of the Petrine Era (1690—1725): between the Muscovite Tradition and the francophone Europe
Vladislav Rjéoutski (German Historical Institute in Paris), The languages of the early Modern Spanish diplomacy

On site: University of Turku, Publicum-building, Pub 5 lecture room


PANEL 1.1.2: State Visits in the Nordic Countries in the 1950s – 1970s

Chair: Rósa Magnúsdóttir (University of Iceland)
Discussant: Haakon Ikonomou (University of Copenhagen)
Pia Koivunen  (University of Turku), Khrushchev’s state visit to Finland in 1957
Rósa Magnúsdóttir  (University of Iceland), “Peaceful Coexistence Requires Personal Contacts”: Premier Khrushchev’s 1964 Scandinavia Tour
Laura Saarenmaa (University of Turku),  Geng Biao’s Nordic tour in 1979


On site: University of Turku, Publicum-building, Pub 209 lecture room


PANEL 1.1.3: Roundtable panel: Diplomatic Networking: New Approaches and Methodologies

Chair: Richard Smith (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Thomas Mills, Lancaster University
Gaynor Johnson, University of Kent
Ian Gregory, Lancaster University
Michael Hughes, Lancaster University


On site: University of Turku, Calonia-building, Cal 2 lecture room


PANEL 1.1.4: Roundtable Panel: Damocles at the Diwan. Security, risk and threat in nineteenth-century Mediterranean diplomacy

Erik de Lange (Utrecht University)
Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University)
Gert Huskens (Université libre de Bruxelles)


On site: University of Turku, Educarium-building, Edu 3 lecture room


14.00-16.30: SLOT 1.2

PANEL 1.2.1: Welcome to the Liberal State: Place Branding as a Diplomatic Practice, 1920s-1950s

Chair and discussant: Jessica Gienow-Hecht (Freie Universität Berlin)
Jessica Gienow-Hecht (Freie Universität Berlin): The Proud State: How Countries Have Marketed Themselves as Liberal Regimes
Tobias J. Klee (Freie Universität Berlin) : We Can’t Live with You No More: Francesc Macià’s Campaign to Market Catalonia in France in the 1920s
Lesar Yurtsever (Freie Universität Berlin) : A Mecca for Jazz Enthusiasts: The Turkish Embassy in the U.S., in the 1930s
Marlene Ritter (Freie Universität Berlin): Europe as a Liberal Brand at the Expo 58


On site: University of Turku, Publicum-building, Pub 5 lecture room


PANEL 1.2.2: ’Dinner diplomacy’ from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries

Chair: Kristine Dyrmann (University of Oxford)
Discussant: Haakon Ikonomou (University of Copenhagen)
Sophie Holm (Deutsches Historisches Institut/ Max Weber Stiftung): Behind the Scenes of Dinner Diplomacy. Duty-Free Import Amongst the Diplomatic Corps in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Stockholm
Kristine Dyrmann (University of Oxford): Diplomatic dinners and salon sociability in Copenhagen during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Bård Frydenlund (Eidsvoll 1814), «Diplomatic free havens» or «lairs of a deceitful opposition»? The role of private receptions and formal dinner parties at Norwegian rural manors as arenas of political negotiations during the Napoleonic Wars in Scandinavia (1809-1814).
Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Aarhus University), Dining for Denmark – The Role of Dinner Diplomacy in Danish Exile Politics 1940-1945


On site: University of Turku, Publicum-building, Pub 209 lecture room


PANEL 1.2.3: Training, recruitment, social origins, diplomatic careers

Chair: Nicolas Badalassi (IEP, Aix-en Provence)
Discussant: Laurence Badel (University Paris 1)
Ruth Craggs, Fiona McConnell & Jonathan Harris (King’s College London and University of Oxford), Diplomatic training as a site of socialisation: courses for post-independence African diplomats
Clara Isabel Serrano (CEIS20, University of Coimbra), Sérgio Neto (CEIS20, University of Coimbra ) , The diplomatic twilight of the Belle Époque. Portuguese diplomatic corps in London (1910-1926)
Zane Šime (College of Europe, Bruges campus), Moulding the post-Westphalian routines of external action among diplomats-in-the-making
Juhana Aunesluoma (University of Helsinki), Brussels as a site of learning. Finnish diplomats encountering the European Communities, 1964–1994.


On site: University of Turku, Calonia-building, Cal 2 lecture room


PANEL 1.2.4: Informal practices, personal relations, unofficial diplomacy

Chair: Dino Knudsen (Mälmö University)
Discussant: Alice Byrne (University Aix-Marseille)
Janne Schreurs (Research Foundation-Flanders, KU Leuven), Whose Imperialism? Which Geography? Brazilian diplomatic actors in the Royal Geographical Society of Antwerp (1900-1914)
Maja Lukanc (University of Ljubljana), Brothers in arms: The legacy of the Second World War in Polish-Yugoslav relations (1945–1968)
Bradley Reynolds (University of Helsinki), Sauna Diplomacy Situated: A Contextual and Personal Tool in Finnish Diplomacy
Victoria Phillips (Global Fellow, The Wilson Center, Washington DC), Finlandization: Martha Graham and American ‘Neutral’ Cold War Psychwar”


On site: University of Turku, Educarium-building, Edu 3 lecture room


16.30-19.00, SLOT 1.3

PANEL 1.3.1: Diplomacy, communication and the media

Chair: Sarah Snyder (School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.)
Discussant: Bradley Reynolds (University of Helsinki)Shane Brighton (Queen’s University, Belfast), Narrative, Necropolitics and Consular Space: British officials, Irish-America and the Irish Republican Hunger Strikes, 1979-1981
Blandine Demotz (Cergy-Paris University), Staging diplomacy : formulas and political persona in Thomas Cromwell’s letters to Anne de Montmorency (1532-1540)
Raphaëlle Ruppen Coutaz (University of Lausanne), Diplomats and consuls, the forgotten actors of international media circulations 
Sarah Snyder (American University, Washington DC), Journalists as Unofficial Diplomats: American Correspondents and Their Influence on U.S. Foreign Relations
Alice Byrne (Aix Marseille University), British scientists at Expo 58: competition and cooperation


On site: University of Turku, Publicum-building, Pub 5 lecture room


PANEL 1.3.2: Diplomats and negotiation processes

Chair and discussant: Michael Jonas (University Helmut Schmidt/Universität der Bundeswehr, Hamburg)
Ryan Langton (Temple University), Kindling Council Fires from the Bushes along the Allegheny Frontier, 1740-1758
Ariane Knüsel (University of Fribourg, Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland), Being the one on the spot – How Swiss and Chinese diplomats negotiated with their governments during the Cold War
Oscar Nygren (Södertörn University), Grounds of Diplomacy – On the Nature of Politics in Geneva 1924


On site: University of Turku, Publicum-building, Pub 209 lecture room


PANEL 1.3.3: Concepts and memory of diplomacy

Chair: Martin D. Brown (Richmond University)
Discussant: Giles Scott-Smith (University of Leiden)
Vinay Kumar Rao (Special Centre for the Study of North East India), Indian Elements in Sculptural Art of Myanmar: Exploring diplomatic relations through archaeological evidences
Andreas Nishikawa-Pacher (Diplomatic Academy, Vienna), The ‘Foreign’ in the World’s Constitutions: A Taxonomy of Diplomatic Topics
Joanne Yao (Queen Mary University of London), Diplomacy on Ice: Freezing and Thawing in International Cooperation over Antarctica 
Martin D. Brown (Richmond University), “The Whiff of Munich”:  Place, memory, and policy.


On site: University of Turku, Calonia-building, Cal 2 lecture room


PANEL 1.3.4: Cultural diplomacy, culture and science

Chair: Louis Clerc (University of Turku)
Discussant: Marlene Ritter (Freie Universität Berlin)/Louis Clerc (University of Turku)
Eliud Biegon (Kenyatta University), Intellectuals and Kenya’s Diplomacy in the immediate Post-independence period
Sotiris Mikros (Department of Political Science and History of the Panteion University in Athens), Security for Whom? Science Diplomacy and Security in EU-Africa Relations
Professor Jonathan Rosenberg (Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York),“A Sixteen-Inch Broadside of Soft Power”: The New York Philharmonic’s 2008 Trip to North Korea
Felipe Antonio Honorato (University of Sao Paulo), Art as a tool for diplomacy: the case of the Kuba Kingdom in the former Belgian Congo.
Emőke Horváth (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest), The main shaper of Hungarian cultural diplomacy: the activities of the Institute of Cultural Relations in the 1950s-1960s


On site: University of Turku, Educarium-building, Edu 3 lecture room


19.00-20.00: EVENING EVENT: Publishing in Diplomatic Studies

Giles Scott-Smith

NDH is celebrating not only its fifth conference but also the fifth year of the network’s journal, Diplomatica. In 2022 the links with the Key Studies in Diplomacy book series of Manchester University Press were also strengthened. 
In this session the editors of both journal and book series will discuss trends, opportunities, and possible future directions for publishing work in the NDH field.

On site: University of Turku, Educarium-building, Edu 2 lecture room