The objective of this conference is to understand how the professionalization of diplomacy at the end of the 19th century influenced the relationship between literature and diplomacy and engendered new literary and diplomatic practices.we will call upon both the history of diplomatic practices – which have evolved signifi-cantly in recent years – and international cultural relations. Without attempting to exhaust the topic through a catalogue of monographs, we aim to identify the kinds of writers-diplomats that have emerged from the 19th century to today. The writer-diplomat, a central figure in the diversification of players and the types of cultural diplomacies, will be examined through a comparative and transnational perspective. We will examine the French model as compared to the experiences of other nations. Preferred topics for paper submissions would address the following themes:
1. The writer-diplomat, a modern invention?
2. The writer-diplomat, an instrument of cultural policy.
3. How can one be both ambassador and poet? Practices and interconnections.
4. Literary and diplomatic conventions.
5. Literary genres of the diplomat.
6. Writing and diplomacy, technological evolutions.
7. The French model between the two world wars.
8. The influence of the French model? Writer-diplomats throughout the world.
The proposed papers (in french or english), including a title, and a maximum 2000 character résumé, accompanied by a short CV, must be sent no later than 1st June, 2010. This will reference the research focus related to the proposal and will attest to the scientific rigor required by the symposium. Please send your proposals to:
The academic committee will define the conference programme based on the submissions received during the summer of 2010. The conference proceedings will be published.
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