The Hague
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Dates: 8-9 November 2013

Theme: Alternative cultures of diplomacy
Shifting attention beyond diplomacy as the domain of states alone, the final workshop will explore a series of alternative cultures and spaces of diplomacy which disrupt the national/international binary that is central to conventional theorisations. Issues of the diplomacy of indigenous communities, the ‘paradiplomacy’ of sub-national governments and the diplomatic practices of non-state polities are attracting increasing academic attention and this workshop will bring together a range of academics and diplomatic practitioners engaged with such margins of the inter-state system. The workshop will examine how diplomatic cosmopolitanism is translated and appropriated beyond traditional spaces of diplomacy, and how this mimicking of official diplomatic discourses in turn informs the norms and mechanisms of more conventional statecraft.

Location: The Hague
One of the major cities hosting the United Nations and home to numerous embassies and over 150 international organisations, The Hague is internationally recognised as a centre for diplomacy. Alongside these sites of ‘official’ international diplomacy, the city is also host to organisations and representatives of unofficial diplomacy. These include offices of the Polisario Front, the Palestinian general delegation and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), the latter of which is hosting the workshop. In addition to representatives from these offices participating in the workshop, a field trip will be organised during the workshop to visit a range of unofficial sites of diplomacy within the city.

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Keynote speakers:
Prof. Virginie Mamadouh: Virginie Mamadouh is an Associate Professor of Political and Cultural Geography at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research interests pertain to urban questions, geopolitics, new media; transnationalism, migration and territorial identities, European integration, and multilingualism. She published recently in Progress in Human Geography, Political Geography, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Geopolitics, Environment and Planning D, l’Espace politique, Hérodote, and in The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics (2013). She edited (with John Agnew) Politics. Critical Essays in Human Geography. (2008 Aldershot: Ashgate) and (with Martin de Jong and Konstantino Lalenis) The theory and practice of institutional transplantation; Experiences with the transfer of policy institutions (2002 Dordrecht: Kluwer). Some of these contributions on diplomatic practices and urban political networks, such as the entry on The geography of diplomacy in Robert Denemark’s multivolume International Studies Encyclopedia (2010), have been written in close co-operation with Herman van der Wusten and that applies also to the paper for this workshop. [Abstract]

Dr Jessica Shadian: Jessica Shadian is an Associated Researcher at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland and a visiting researcher at the University of Tromsø. Her research explores the political, historical and legal issues of Arctic resource development with a view towards understanding and mitigating relations between policy makers, private industry and indigenous communities. Her forthcoming book The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance (Routledge Press) is a political history of Inuit politics and Arctic governance as it relates to changing ideas of sovereignty, the Westphalian political system and resource development. Shadian also does consultancy work for industry, policy makers and indigenous groups engaged with Arctic extractive industries. [Abstract]

Prof. Noe Cornago: Noe Cornago is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao (Spain), where he is also in charge of the Masters Degree in Peace and Development Studies. His research interests are focused on the transformations of diplomacy, global regulation, critical sociology of knowledge, post-development and aesthetics and politics. He has been the Basque Visiting Fellow 2011-2012 at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, where he completed his book Plural Diplomacies: Normative Predicaments and Functional Imperatives (Brill, 2013). He has promoted a number of decentralized partnerships with various UN institutions and collaborated with the Congress of Local and Regional Governments of the Council of Europe. [Abstract]

Workshop participants:

Dr Michele Acuto
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Mr Raed Ayad
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Mr Marino Busdachen
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Dr Mohamoud Daar
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Ms Francesca Dickson
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Dr Jason Dittmer
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Mr Jonathan Marshall
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Dr Fiona McConnell
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Ms. Anne Meijer
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Dr Sidi Omar
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Mr James Roslington
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Dr Elin Royles
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Mr Tenzen Samphel
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Dr Andrew Schaap
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Prof. Herman van der Wusten
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Ms. Chun-Ying Wei
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Dr Karsten Xuereb
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Update: Audio for this workshop has been posted.