500th anniversary of William Cecil, Lord Burghley
Deadline 31 January 2020
St John’s College in Cambridge, 17-19 September 2020
Directed by Professor Susan Doran (University of Oxford) and Professor Norman Jones (Utah State University). The conference will focus on exploring the breadth and significance of Cecil’s activities, with a day of lectures focused on key themes and aspects of his life. Focus will then turn to new research into Cecil and his world, presented through papers and roundtable discussion sessions with the aim of promoting and galvanizing future directions of study. For more details click here. American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) 2020 National Meeting
University of St. Thomas, Houston TX, April 1-4, 2020
The University of St. Thomas William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies will host the 2020 American Conference for Irish Studies in Houston, Texas. The conference is April 1-4, 2020 at the JW Marriott Hotel at the Galleria in Houston. All conference panels will be held at the conference hotel. Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, will be our keynote speaker.
Our conference theme is Borders, Borderlands and Bridges. This theme is pertinent in the centenary year of the 1920 Government of Ireland Act, which legislated the partition of the island of Ireland. The contemporary global discourse on borders adds further chronological and comparative significance to the theme.
The conference hosts welcome paper, panel and roundtable presentations on any Irish Studies topic.
Proposals are due November 15, 2019.
Visual Culture Approaches to Irish Studies: Bridging Methods and Fields
Úna Ní Bhroiméil (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick),
Michael de Nie (University of West Georgia),
Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin),
Mary Trotter (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
We invite you to submit to our proposal to create a visual studies seminar at the ACIS National Meeting, Spring 2020.
Many ACIS members working with diverse visual culture methodologies see our research as triangulated by our topics in Irish history/culture and our scholarly training as historians, art historians, critics, social scientists and artists. We hope this seminar will help to create a transdisciplinary network for ACIS scholars using visual studies/visual culture approaches to their research, fostering a dialogue across our diverse fields of study.
We welcome papers on any Irish Studies topic using a visual studies/visual culture frame of research. We will select from the submitted proposals 12 participants for the seminar. We wish to include graduate students, early career scholars, scholars new to visual studies and senior scholars to participate. Each participant will be asked to prepare and share a 12-page (c. 3000 words) paper by March 1, 2020 to the organizers. The organizers will break the participants into sub-groups of 3 persons, and subgroups will exchange papers for comments and suggestions before the conference. During the seminar, each participant will give an 8-minute presentation/overview of their paper, and participate in roundtable and general discussion. The seminar will consist of two panel sessions, and all seminarians will participate in both sessions. The seminar will also be open to all who wish to participate in the discussion.
Some overarching issues which may arise in this seminar include:
- What are some common codes or categories for understanding visual culture in an Irish Studies context across such fields as political history, art history, performance studies, folklore/anthropology, and archeology?
- By exploring aspects of perceptions and receptions, optics, aesthetics, and economies of the visual, can we develop new insights into if/how vision and visuality have distinct characteristics in Irish Studies?
- How might ideology be embedded in the visual?
- How do Irish visual studies intersect with scholarship on materiality, performativity, textuality, museum and archival studies?
- How has digitization of the archive, and the proliferation of online image collections, changed the ways we work with and read the visual in Irish Studies?
- What research and/or pedagogical practices can we share with one another across disciplines?
If you are interested in applying to this proposed seminar, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words Michael de Nie by October 10, 2019. Please note: you need to send your seminar proposal directory to Michael de Nie: do not send your seminar proposal to the ACIS conference organizers. All submitters will be informed if they have been included in the seminar proposal at least two weeks before the official conference proposal deadline. The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is seeking submissions for future volumes. The Bulletin is the official journal of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. It is a fully digital, open access, and double-blind peer reviewed journal and is actively indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. In keeping with the Robin Hood tradition, authors retain their rights to their own materials.
Articles are generally 4,000-8,000 words long. Please see the journal's website for additional submission guidelines.
We invite scholars to submit articles or essays detailing original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition. Submission is via the web, and preliminary inquiries or questions may be directed to Valerie Johnson, (University of Montevallo) and Alexander Kaufman (Ball State University).
Lord Burghley 500
2020 will mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil (Lord Burghley from 1572), one of the most important statesmen and patrons of the Elizabethan age. Burghley was described by the Spanish ambassador as ‘the man who does everything’. Indeed his reach extended far beyond the world of the court to encompass the counties of England and the City of London, where he connected into expanding circles of trade and economic activity that spanned across the known world. At home, he became the leading architectural patron of the time, using his houses to exercise and reflect the magnificence of the state as well as his own dynastic ambitions. The scope of his interests was remarkable.
Events commemorating Cecil’s birth will include a major three-day conference at St John’s College in Cambridge, 17-19 September 2020, directed by Professor Susan Doran (University of Oxford) and Professor Norman Jones (Utah State University). The conference will focus on exploring the breadth and significance of Cecil’s activities, with a day of lectures focused on key themes and aspects of his life. We will then turn our focus to new research into Cecil and his world, presented through papers and roundtable discussion sessions with the aim of promoting and galvanizing future directions of study.
Suggested themes include, but are not restricted to:
Work as Lord Treasurer
Relationships within government
City of London
The English and Irish Universities
Artistic and literary patronage
We are now recruiting speakers for 20 minute papers. We also invite proposals for roundtables and expressions of interest in participating as well as nominations of other relevant voices. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words along with a short biography by 31 January 2020.
We hope to be able to provide some support for those travelling long distances and also for postgraduate and recent postdoctoral students (theses awarded within the last 3 years, adjusted as appropriate for those who studied part-time). Please let us know if you are eligible and would like to be considered for support.
If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser, Dr Janet Dickinson at the conference email address.
The conference forms part of a series of activities organised by the Lord Burghley 500 Foundation. We are a charity founded in January 2019 with the aim of organising and promoting a national and international commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil in 2020 and to establish academic initiatives creating a long-term legacy. For further details and information about events and activities, please visit our website.
Diplomatic departures: negotiating Britain’s international outreach in the contemporary world
Université Picardie Jules Verne
10 rue des Français libres
80 000 Amiens
27 March 2020
In recent years, the expansion of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office network into new countries has generated increasing interest in the role of the places and spaces where diplomacy is made, in the international outreach of the United Kingdom and in the interactions between state and non-state actors and initiatives in delivering foreign policy objectives. What has received perhaps less sustained attention is the impact of diplomatic departures in Britain and in the British diplomatic network on the rethinking of Britain’s influence and power (hard, soft and smart).
Traditionally, a “diplomatic departure” occurs when an ambassador or a member of a diplomatic mission departs from their country of posting: both diplomatic departures and arrivals, as codified by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, are based upon a principle of mutual consent, with diplomatic missions representing the interests of their home country abroad and providing a reliable channel of communication between the two countries. While most often continuity is ensured beyond the departure of individuals, some departures can also result from or lead to important changes in policy. Examining diplomatic relations means therefore exploring a complex set of interactions between states, governments and individuals, with dual relations and potential tensions between diplomatic representatives and both the host and home governments. One major area of enquiry for this conference are departures at times of crisis, when heads of mission resigned, were expelled or were reposted under pressure from the host government or were removed by the home government.
Departures, in policy and style, also occur in less dramatic circumstances, when a mission is relocated within the same country, or when British offices are expanded. Perhaps more than embassies, consulates have been moved to suit the domestic requirements of host governments, with diplomats discussing the role of their premises and their own relation to local politics. Similarly, the expansion of the British Council network, in both ex-British and other territories, constitutes a transfer of expertise as much as it reflects the increasing interpenetration of cultural and foreign affairs. While there has been growing scholarship on the post-independence careers of colonial civil servants, with many administrators looking for employment in the newly independent states, particularly in the fields of education and development, the geographical and policy trajectories of British representatives, and the expertise gained on each “departure”, deserves further study. How do diplomats re-engage either in their next posting or back at home, and what does the experience of departure entail (particularly, but not necessarily exclusively, at times of crisis)?
Departure is also, to some extent, about new diplomatic actors, beyond the state itself. Of interest is therefore the role played by an increasing number of British NGOs, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, in altering more traditional representation of the state abroad, proposing their own vision of Britain – and sometimes being instrumental for the government in promoting a new British “brand”, in lieu of or alongside state actors.
A departure of sorts can also be said to occur when multilateral missions are established, or when diplomatic representation is pooled – subsuming or redeploying specifically national offices. Diplomatic missions can hardly be separated from the socio-economic and geopolitical dynamics of the country where they are located, nor from the financial means and political directions defined by the Foreign Office. While the Commonwealth seat no longer exists at the United Nations, the expansion of the European External Action Service from 2010 has seen the rise of EU diplomatic missions abroad, notably in Africa. In the context of the current debates on the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, the significance and use of such multilateral missions in expanding national interests abroad deserves further scrutiny (both before and after 2016). In this respect, this conference also considers the diplomatic network at play in Britain itself, and the reconfiguration of embassies, high commissions, consulates and other cultural missions. Of particular (but not exclusive) interest is the place of London in the trajectories of diplomats-in-waiting during the struggles for the end of empire, and more recently, as a diplomatic centre for EU member states.
Finally, diplomatic departures are also intrinsically linked to style and tradition, to display and show, and such elements are central to the study of diplomatic adaptations. Up until 2006, the age-old Foreign Office tradition of valedictory despatches meant that ambassadors could write freely about their posting in a final telegram home, thus expressing their personal impressions about the host country or even broader Foreign Office policy-making. While some of the most remarkable or controversial extracts were given publicity by Matthew Parris in 2011, there is now also an extensive autobiographical literature published by former diplomats, and active representatives have also taken to blogging and social media – with a variety of outcomes, and resurrecting to some extent the valedictory despatch. The digital age has also brought its own set of constraints and freedoms for diplomatic actors, and papers looking at diplomatic leaks or the archiving of departures are also welcome.
Proposals are therefore invited on any of the areas of study outlined above, to ultimately reflect on the adaptability and resilience of Britain’s international networks, and on what characterises both British diplomacy and Britain as a diplomatic space.
Organised by Paris Sorbonne-Nouvelle/CRE