Lecture | 7th ENIUGH congress
Opening ENIUGH congress and Keynote Speech
- Friday 30 June 2023
2511 VA The Hague
Hester Bijl, Rector Magnificus of Leiden University, will open the seventh ENIUGH Congress. The opening will be followed by a keynote speech by Giles Scott-Smith.
Can citizens be diplomats? This talk addresses this question through the lens of New Diplomatic History (NDH), which moves beyond the simple assumption that diplomacy is purely an official state-to-state activity. NDH re-investigates the social and physical settings that enable diplomacy to take place, and gives attention to the wide range of actors who populate - often unseen or unrecognised - the diplomatic stage. Focusing on the role of citizens as diplomats challenges neat understandings of the state-based international system, but also enriches the notion of diplomacy as a necessary practice to avoid conflict.
Giles Scott-Smith is Professor of Transnational Relations and New Diplomatic History at Leiden University, and Dean of Leiden University College. He is a coordinator of the New Diplomatic History network, co-editor of Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society (Brill), and one of the series editors for the Key Studies in Diplomacy book series with Manchester University Press.
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