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Conference with Professor Laurence Badel

Tuesday 15 March 18:00-19:00

Conference with Professor Laurence Badel

We are delighted to welcome Laurence Badel, professor of history of international relations at the University Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne who will give a presentation with discussion on her latest book Diplomaties européennes, XIXe-XXIe siècles.

Conference with Professor Laurence Badel

Tuesday 15 March 2022 | 18:00

£5 entrance fee
On-site at the French Institute in Scotland


Event held in English, but we gladly accept questions in French.

In partnership with the Scottish Council for Global Affairs (SCGA)

About the event

European diplomacies are characterised by widely varied practices, whether in training staff, the place of women, culture, the negotiating language they use, or in the way they construct networks and build identities. Diplomacy in Europe, which this book provides a unique history of, is firstly that of the cohabitation between small, medium, and large states, combining diplomacy of power, of trade, and of values. It is also a history of forms of cooperation that, from multinational empires to nation-states, are reconfigured into a regional framework, while coming up against the practices of other spheres. The profound contemporary transformation of diplomacy as a profession must be interpreted in light of these traditions, exposed to the increased complexity of missions, and the emergence of para-diplomatic actors. Practices specific to the European Union are slowly being put into place, yet the power relations between European states and the eminently political nature of their cultural and economic exchanges persist.

About the author

Laurence BADEL teaches modern international history at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Her first research interests laid in the history of the historical roots of the integration process in Western Europe during the interwar period. She also wrote a book on French economic diplomacy in the twentieth century. Among her last publications : Diplomaties européennes XIXe-XXIe siècles, Paris, Sciences Po. Les Presses, 2021 ; Histoire et relations internationales. Pierre Renouvin, Jean-Baptiste Duroselle et la naissance d’une discipline universitaire, Paris, Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2020 ; « Diplomacy and the History of International Relations : Redefining a Conflictual Relationship », Diplomatica I (2019), 33-39 ; « Reconstruire le monde en 1919 : la fausse ‘mondialisation’ des relations internationales », dans Pierre-Cyrille Hautcœur et al. (dir.), La rupture ? La Grande Guerre, l’Europe et le XXe siècle, Paris, IGPDE-CHEFF, 2021, p. 149-164 ; « Die Niederschlagung der Proteste auf dem Pekinger Tian’anmen-Platz 1989 und die Subjektivität der Diplomaten. Ein Plädoyer für die Berücksichtigung von Emotionen in der Geschichte der internationalen Beziehungen », dans Hélène Miard-Delacroix, Andreas Wirsching (hrg.), Emotionen und internationale Beziehungen im Kalten Krieg, Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter/Oldenbourg, p. 341-364 ; « L’interprète en diplomatie. Expériences françaises au Siam dans la seconde partie du XIXe siècle », dans Indravati Félicité (dir.), L’Identité du diplomate (Moyen Âge-XIXe siècle). Métier ou noble loisir ?, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2020, p. 197-214.

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