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Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Kenneth Weisbrode, Bilkent University (Turkey)

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Rebecca Adler-Nissen, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Cátia Antunes, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Laurence Badel, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France)
Corneliu Bjola, University of Oxford (UK)
Alessandro Brogi, University of Arkansas (USA)
Costas M. Constantinou, University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
Noé Cornago, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Maurits Ebben, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Jessica Gienow-Hecht, Free University of Berlin (Germany)
Petra Goedde, Temple University (USA)
Karen Gram-Skjoldager, Aarhus University (Denmark)
Jan Hennings, Central European University (Hungary)
Isabella Lazzarini, University of Molise (Italy)
Helen McCarthy, University of Cambridge (UK)
Tosh Minohara, Kobe University (Japan)
Iver B. Neumann, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Norway)
Thomas Otte, University of East Anglia (UK)
Geoffrey Allen Pigman, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
Priscilla Roberts, City University of Macau (China)
J. Simon Rofe, University of Leeds (UK)
Jonathan Rosenberg, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (USA)
Naoko Shimazu, Yale-NUS College Singapore (Singapore)
Tracey Sowerby, University of Oxford (UK)
Zara Steiner †, Fellow Emeritus of Murray-Edwards College, University of Cambridge (UK)
John Watkins, University of Minnesota (USA)
Ellen R. Welch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)
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Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society addresses the broad range of work being done across the social sciences and the humanities that takes diplomacy as its focus of investigation. The journal explores and investigates diplomacy as an extension of social interests, forces, and environments. It is multidisciplinary, providing a space to unite perspectives from diplomatic history (humanities) and diplomatic studies (social sciences) in particular. It is interdisciplinary, expanding beyond its disciplinary foundation of history to enrich historical perspectives with innovative analyses from other disciplines. It seeks to broaden the study of diplomacy temporally, contributing to a re-appraisal of diplomacy across the modern and early modern eras and beyond, in this way bridging temporal divides and introducing debate between scholars of different periodizations. It is determinedly global in orientation, providing a space for inter-regional comparisons. The journal is published in cooperation with the New Diplomatic History (NDH) Network.

Diplomatica seeks to merge diplomatic history and diplomatic studies through three main approaches:
1. Habitat: Exploring the multiple identities, behaviors, rituals, and belief systems of diplomats and how they change according to time, place, and space;
2. Actors: Challenging the centrality of the nation-state as the principal actor framing an understanding of what diplomacy is by focusing equally on the role of non-state actors;
3. Disciplines: Introducing appropriate methodologies from the social sciences, such as prosopography, network analysis, gender studies, economics, geography, and communications, in order to broaden the analytical study of diplomatic habitats, actors, and interactions through time.

Broadly speaking, Diplomatica covers the study of diplomatic process more than the study of diplomatic product. It questions, investigates, and explores all aspects of the diplomatic world, from interactions between the professionally diplomatic and the non-diplomatic to the arrangement of summits and banquets, the architecture of ministries and residences, and the identities, roles, practices, and networks of envoys, policy entrepreneurs, salonnières, and all other private and quasi-private individuals who affect the course of diplomacy.

The journal welcomes submissions dealing with any period and locale from across the humanities and social sciences. Submissions should be standard article length (approximately 8,000 words including footnotes) and written for a general, scholarly audience.

For editorial queries and proposals, please contact the Diplomatica Editorial Office.

For book review queries, please contact the book review editor, Peter Postma.

The Mattingly Award
Brill, the editorial board of Diplomatica, and the New Diplomatic History Network are pleased to provide an annual award of €500 for excellence and originality in an essay on diplomatic society or culture, broadly defined. The Mattingly Award is named for the American historian, Garrett Mattingly (1900-62), an esteemed writer, scholar, and professor at Columbia University. Best known for his history of the Spanish Armada (1959), which won the Pulitzer Prize, and his biography of Catherine of Aragon (1941), Mattingly pioneered the study of diplomatic institutions, practices, norms, and personalities, notably in his classic history of early modern Europe, Renaissance Diplomacy (1955).

2022 Winner: Bradley Cavallo.

2021 Winner: Philip G. Post, Leiden University.

2020 Winners: Birgit Tremml-Werner, Linnaeus University and Lisa Hellman, University of Bonn.

2019 Winner: Sam de Schutter, Institute for History, Leiden University.
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