Thursday, October 11, 2018

CONF: Addressing the Public Abroad: Strategies of Cultural and Public Diplomacy in the Early Modern Habsburg World (Brussels, 6-7 Dec 2018)

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International Conference, Brussels, 6-7 December 2018

Partner Institutions:
Ghent University, History Department and Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Institute for Modern and Contemporary Historical Research (INZ)
The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
The Austrian Cultural Forum in Brussels
The Arenberg Foundation

Historians are increasingly aware that early modern diplomacy encompassed far more than formally appointed ambassadors and their official negotiations. Rather, numerous actors engaged in international relations, and they did so in an astonishingly wide array of formal and informal positions. They also had a variety of diverse tools at their disposal for lobbying and achieving their various missions. This conference aims to examine a field that a number of historians and art historians have started to analyze in the last two decades, but which has seldom been explicitly delineated or discussed in a comparative fashion: strategies of cultural and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] in the early modern Habsburg world (1550-1750). Therefore, this conference focuses on the different tactics employed by the representatives of foreign nations and groups – both official and unofficial – in influencing public opinion abroad and, in doing so, attempting to create a beneficial environment for their diplomatic engagements.

Thursday 6 December 2018
8:30-9:00: Registration
9:00-9:15: Opening and Welcome
9:15-9:45: Introduction (Klaas Van Gelder – Ghent University)
9:45-10:45: Keynote Lecture 1 - Theater and Theatricality in Early Modern European Diplomacy: Staging Negotiations between the Habsburgs and France (Ellen R. Welch – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
10:45-11:15: Coffee Break
11:15-12:45: Session 1A – Public Diplomacy through Pamphlets, Prints, and Newspapers
  • Public Diplomacy During the Dutch Revolt: the Case of Philips of Marnix (Helmer Helmers – University of Amsterdam)
  • “Glorious Victories”: The Public Embassy of Alonso de Cárdenas (Thomas Donald Jacobs – Ghent University)
  • Newspapers as an Integral Part of Habsburg Public Diplomacy in Seventeenth-Century Italy (Nina Lamal – University of Antwerp)
12:45-13:45: Lunch
13:45-14:45 Keynote Lecture 2 - Fortitude and Temperance. Soft Power and Cultural Rhetoric in the Habsburg Peacemaking Policy (1559-1648) (Bernardo José García García – Universidad Complutense de Madrid/Fundación Carlos de Amberes)
14:45-16:15: Session 1B – Public Diplomacy through Pamphlets, Prints, and Newspapers
  • What Diplomats Could Not Say: Pamphlet Rhetoric as an Unfiltered Sphere of Persuasion in the Wars of Louis XIV (Kirsten L. Cooper – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • The Actual State of France… Repercussions of Philippe Ludwig of Sinzendorf’s Mission to the Court of France, 1699-1701 (Sven Externbrink – University of Heidelberg)
  • Jean Dumont’s “Corps universel diplomatique du droit des gens” (1726-1739) as a Habsburg Design of the Law of Nations (Stephan Wendehorst – Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen/University of Vienna)
16:15-16:45: Coffee Break
16:45-18:15: Session 2: Public Diplomacy, Material Culture, and Gift-Giving
  • “They Gave Us Only Words”: Martín de Rada and the First Spanish Embassy to China (1575) (Ashleigh Dean – Gordon State College, Barnesville USA)
  • Falcons and flowers: The Role of the Princely Count of Arenberg in the London Peace Treaty (1604) (Mirella Marini – Belgian Academy of Culture and History)
  • Disseminating French Fashion in Vienna under Leopold I: A Rocky Road in Times of Political Antagonism (Veronika Hyden-Hanscho – Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Friday 7 December 2018
9:00-10:00: Keynote Lecture 3 - Public Diplomacy at the Sublime Porte? Habsburg Envoys in Constantinople in Early Modern Times (Arno Strohmeyer – University of Salzburg/Austrian Academy of Sciences)
10:00-11:00: Session 3: Public Diplomacy, Information Politics, and Diplomatic Incidents
  • Information politics of French diplomats at the court of Vienna (1660-1756) (Dorothea Nolde – University of Vienna)
  • The Negotiation around the Barrier Payment in Brussels, 1752-1753: Transvestite and Irreligious Diplomats on Stage (Jean-Charles Speeckaert – Université libre de Bruxelles)
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-13:00: Session 4: Cultural and Public Diplomacy and Dynastic Consolidation
  • Diplomacy From Within: Farnese Representation and Communication in Habsburg Europe, 1550–1592 (Sebastiaan Derks – Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
  • Aggrandising the life of a deceased Farnese prince and Habsburg commander: Fra Alfonso Serafini as the Duke of Parma’s agent in Madrid, 1688-90 (John Condren – University of St Andrews)
  • “Because of her special consideration”. Cultural and diplomatic demonstrations of the consideration of Archduchess’ Maria Antonia of Austria as the heir to the Spanish Monarchy (1673-1692) (Rocío Martínez López – Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid)
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-16:00: Session 5: Cultural and Public Diplomacy and Religion
  • For the sake of religion. Bernardino de Rebolledo’s defence of Catholicism in Denmark during his mission as envoy (1648 – 1659) (Enrique Corredera Nilsson – University of Bern)
  • The Holy Land and the Habsburg Emperor as the Protector of Christianity Reflected in the Reports of the Resident Ambassador in Constantinople, Simon Reniger (1649–1666) (Zsuzsanna Cziráki – University of Szeged)
  • The Expulsion of the Jewish Community of Prague (1744) Reconsidered in the Light of the Early Modern Law of Nations (Stephan Wendehorst & Louise Hecht – Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen/University of Vienna & University of Potsdam)
  • Patrons from the East: Russia and the Orthodox Public in Habsburg Transylvania, 1740s-1750s (Radu Nedici – University of Bucharest)
16:00-16:30: Conclusions

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