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Centres of Diplomacy, Centres of Culture I

Max I Giving Audience to an Ambassador
Monday, September 21, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (All day)
Radcliffe Humanities Building
Colin Matthew Room

Centres of Diplomacy, Centres of Culture I: The Hasburg and Papal Court conference will be held at the Radcliffe Humanities Building on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September. Attendance at the conference is free, but registration is required. Please email to reserve a place and please indicate if you have any dietary requirements. Registration will close on 10 September. This is the first of two conferences supported by a BARSEA that will explore diplomatic cultures at early modern courts. The second, to be held in 2016 will focus on the French, English, and Ottoman courts.

Conference Programme

Monday 21 September

1.45  Registration and Coffee

2.15  Welcome and opening remarks

2.30  Session One: Anglo-Spanish diplomatic exchanges at the Spanish court

Mark Hutchings, Diplomacy narratives as documents of performance

Berta Echevarria, Staging the peace or how the Earl of Nottingham sat on a stool

3.45  Coffee

4.15 Session Two: Diplomatic cultures at the Habsburg courts

Dries Raymakers,  The overrated rulers. Disputed sovereignty and diplomatic squabbles at the Habsburg court of Brussels, 1598-1621

Camille Desenclos, Solidarity as key to success for non-Habsburg polities? Interactions between French and Papal diplomats at the courts of Brussels and Vienna

Tracey Sowerby, Tudor diplomats and cultural opportunities at the Habsburg courts in Brussels and Madrid in the mid sixteenth century

6.00  Drinks

7.15 Conference dinner (Speakers only)

Tuesday 22 September

9.30 Session Three: Intellectual culture and diplomacy at the Habsburg courts

Bryan Kozik, Humanism and diplomacy at the Habsburg Court: the varied roles of Ioannes Dantiscus

Rubén González Cuerva, Diplomacy through households: Empress Mary of Austria, ambassador Juan de Borja and Spanish intellectuals at the Imperial Court (1577-1581)

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Session Four: The Papal court, ceremony and textual production

Catherine Fletcher, When the papal court met the Habsburg court: reflections on Hogenberg's Gratae et laboribus aequae posteritai Caesareas

Alessia Loaicano, Diplomacy, Cultures, and Conclaves. Julius II and Charles d'Amboise

12.30 Lunch

2.00 Session Five: Working with museums and the heritage sector

3.00 Coffee

3.30 Session Six: Diplomatic reporting, identity, and exchange at the papal court

Ovanes Akoyopan, The papal court and Russia in the 16th Century: from opposition to political and cultural contacts

Dorota Gregorowicz, The final reports of papal diplomats as a cultural message – the case of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

4.45 Closing remarks and discussion






Contact name: 
Tracey Sowerby
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