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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.
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 book review queries, please contact the book review editor,
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).
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Editors-in-Chief Giles Scott-Smith,
Leiden University Kenneth Weisbrode,
Book Review Editor Haakon Ikonomou,
Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen
Editorial Board Rebecca Adler-Nissen,
University of Copenhagen Catia Antunes,
Leiden University Laurence Badel,
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University Corneliu Bjola,
University of Oxford Alessandro Brogi,
University of Arkansas Costas M. Constantinou,
University of Cyprus Noe Cornago,
University of the Basque Country Maurits Ebben,
Leiden University Jessica Gienow-Hecht,
Free University of Berlin Petra Goedde,
Temple University Karen Gram-Skjoldager,
Aarhus University Jan Hennings,
Central European University Isabella Lazzarini,
University of Molise Helen McCarthy,
Queen Mary University of London Iver B. Neumann,
Museum of Cultural History, Oslo University Thomas Otte,
University of East Anglia Geoffrey Allen Pigman,
University of Pretoria Priscilla Roberts,
City University of Macau J. Simon Rofe,
SOAS University of London Jonathan Rosenberg,
Hunter College and the
Graduate Center, City University of New York Naoko Shimazu,
Yale-NUS College Singapore Tracey Sowerby,
University of Oxford Zara Steiner,
Fellow Emeritus of Murray-Edwards College, University of Cambridge John Watkins,
University of Minnesota Ellen R. Welch,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Christian Windler,
University of Bern
Brill's Humanities Matter Podcast: Diplomacy and Brexit with Dr. Giles Scott-Smith: Part 1 - On diplomacy in times of populism
Brill's Humanities Matter Podcast: Diplomacy and Brexit with Dr. Giles Scott-Smith: Part 2 - Diplomacy and Brexit
Interview with Prof. John Watkins
In this interview, Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota) reflects on the motivation behind and the process of writing his latest monograph, After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2017). The interview complements Professor Isabella Lazzarini’s (University of Molise) review of the book in issue 1.1 of Diplomatica. The recording was made at the University of Minnesota on 1 November 2018, and the interview was conducted by Haakon A. Ikonomou (Aarhus University).