Which is the impact of cultural, social and medial borders on diplomatic interaction and its symbolic ‘staging’ in medieval and early modern societies? During the concluding conference of the Research Project „Visualization of intercultural diplomacy during the Late Middle Ages”, we approach this overall question from various perspectives by focusing on the pre-modern ‘breach of contract’ as well as its consequences and anticipations. We are particularly interested in the processes of communication, strategies of staging, and norms which underline the binding character of treaties and diplomatic agreements, and in the problems which occur in this context.
The conference will be held on September 17-19, 2014.
We encourage papers (25 minutes) from all subdisciplines of Medieval or Early Modern Studies. Possible topics include:
1. explicit and implicit norms governing diplomatic interaction as well as various discourses discussing the conclusion and breach of contract (juridical, ethical, politico-philosophical, etc.);
2. a phenomenology of the breach of contract in pre-modern societies;
3. questions of trans-cultural diplomacy.
The conference´s main language will be German, but English and French contributions are encouraged. Please send your proposal (together with an abstract of 1 page max.) to Georg Jostkleigrewe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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