ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

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CALL FOR PAPERS: "Treaties and Literature", Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society (DEADLINE: 15 February 2023)

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Treaties and Literature

(Diplomatica special issues)

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2023

For two special issues of Diplomatica we invite proposals for essays on (1) the history and culture of diplomatic treaties; and (2) aspects of diplomacy’s relationship to literature. Essays may cover any historical period up to the present-day. The central questions that the special issues pose are:

(1) Treaties

– How and why have diplomatic texts evolved?

– How has their hermeneutics changed over time?

– Are treaties better understood as literary artifacts or as socio-political constructs?

– What can the evolution of treaties tell us about the evolution of diplomacy and the diplomatic profession?

(2) Literature

– How does literary skill manifest itself in diplomatic practice?

– How do diplomatic ‘narratives’ shape actual diplomacy?

– Are there particular diplomatic ‘genres’ and, if so, how are they best understood?

Possible topics include:

– histories and/or literary comparisons of particular treaties;

– case studies of literary diplomats and/or diplomatic works;

– semiotic analyses of particular treaties or other agreements;

– visual, musical, and cinematic depictions of literature in diplomatic contexts.

Please send expressions of interest, or abstracts of 500 words and a brief bio-note to the issue editors, by 15 February 2023. Please quote ‘Treaties’ or ‘Literature’ in the subject line.

Notification of acceptance will be no later than 1 March 2023. If accepted, full essays (of 7000 to 9000 words) will be due by 15 December 2023.

Review essays and interviews pertinent to the special issue are also very welcome. Please contact the journal editors with any questions.

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