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Diplomacy and Literature

Diplomatie et littérature

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Published on Wednesday, December 07, 2022 by Sarah Zingraff

Summary

“Diplomacy and Literature” aims to examine the link and permeability between literature and diplomacy. Are Diplomacy and Literature two concentric circles? How does one become a writer? How is the diplomat-writer experience conveyed via literature? What cultural practices are being used? Who serves as a source of inspiration for writers-diplomats? Does language become a vehicle of culture? What are their preferred literary genres? How does diplomacy inspire literature? What is the ‘writers-diplomats’ contribution into shaping international relations? These are some of the questions that participants in the Conference will be asked to consider.

Announcement

Call for papers for the International Conference

Diplomacy and Literature

(Piraeus/Greece, 18-20 October 2023)

Description

Diplomacy and literature are two seemingly incompatible concepts, which, for many centuries, have run parallel if not complementary paths. Among writers-diplomats from every corner of the world we observe overlapping relationships and dialectical correspondences between diplomacy and literature.

“Diplomacy and Literature” aims to examine the link and permeability between literature and diplomacy, these two activities being at the crossroads of many fields, such as history, archival research, international politics and international relations. This International Scientific Conference will address the question (as paraphrased below): “How can someone be an Ambassador [of their country] and [a writer] in the same capacity?”[1]. The case of less known Greek writers-diplomats will be further explored (going beyond the obvious example of George Seferis).

Are Diplomacy and Literature two concentric circles? How does one become a writer? How is the diplomat-writer experience conveyed via literature? What cultural practices are being used? Who serves as a source of inspiration for writers-diplomats? Does language become a vehicle of culture? What are their preferred literary genres? How does diplomacy inspire literature? What is the ‘writers-diplomats’ contribution into shaping international relations? These are some of the questions that participants in the Conference will be asked to consider.

Topic Proposals

The theme of the Conference revolves around the following suggestive but not exclusive axes:

  • Diplomacy and literature: (inter-)connections, representations, cultural transfers, politics.
  • Diplomacy, literary practices, and genres (essay, correspondence, poetry, novel, theater, historical studies, diaries, etc.).
  • Diplomacy, language and rhetoric.
  • Literature and Cultural Diplomacy.
  • Diplomacy and International Relations through Literature.
  • Diplomacy and international literary prizes and awards.
  • Portraits of foreign and Greek writers-diplomats: travels, testimonies, itineraries.

Submission of proposals

Those interested in participating in the Conference should send their proposal for evaluation

by February 28, 2023.

Proposals should be in French and English, accompanied by a title, an abstract of approximately 500 words, a short bionote (300 words). Submission should clearly indicate the axis under which the proposal falls.

Please e-mail your proposals in Word format at <colloque.diplomatie.litterature@gmail.com>.

The languages used in this Conference are French and English.

Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Upon completion of the conference, a selection of presentations will be published as full articles in a collective volume by a foreign publishing house.

Schedule

  • Submission of abstracts: February 28, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: March 30, 2023
  • Final Program: May-June 2023
  • Dates: October 18 (Opening Ceremony), October 19 and 20 (Presentations). Venue: Piraeus, Greece.
  • Submission of full articles for publication: January 2024 (there will be a subsequent announcement after the end of the Conference; during that time, presenters will be provided with a style guide for publication).

Academic Committee

Foteini Asderaki, Konstantina Botsiou, Eirini Cheila, Christos Hadjieammnuil, Charalampos Goussios, Christos Nikou, Georges Poukamissas, Nicolas Raptopoulos, Athanassios Samaras.

Notes

[1] This was a question raised by the Surrealists when discussing the case of Paul Claudel, a French writer and diplomat (cited by Renaud Meltz in « L’âge d’or de l’entre-deux-guerres : un quatuor de grands écrivains et diplomates ? », Mondes. Les Cahiers du Quai d’Orsay, no 9, 2012, p. 95).

Places

  • 80, rue Karaoli et Dimitriou
    Piraeus, Greece (18532)

Event format

Full on-site event


Date(s)

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Keywords

  • diplomatie, littérature, écrivain-diplomate, représentations, imagologie, diplomatie culturelle, langue, genres littéraires, relations internationales, histoire, archives

Contact(s)

  • Christos Nikou
    courriel : christosnikou [at] unipi [dot] gr

Information source

  • Christos Nikou
    courriel : christosnikou [at] unipi [dot] gr

To cite this announcement

« Diplomacy and Literature », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 07, 2022, https://calenda.org/1037929

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