Diplomacy and Gender in the Early Modern World (1400-1800)
Oxford, 11-12 Juin 2018

University of Oxford

Organiser: Ruggero Sciuto

Keynote Speaker: Lucien Bély (Université Paris-Sorbonne)

Monday, 11 June 2018

9:00 – Arrival and registration

9:30 – Opening remarks

9:45-11:00 – First panel: Masculinity and diplomacy
Tracey Sowerby (University of Oxford) – ‘A duelling diplomat? Chivalry, masculinity, and representative character in late Elizabethan diplomacy’

Lisa Dallavalle (Independent Researcher) – ‘The lifelong friendship of Sir John Finch and Dr Thomas Baines’

11:00-11:20 – Coffee break

11:20-13:00 – Second panel: Princesses, consorts, and regents
Federico Piseri (Università di Pavia) – ‘Letter-writing as a diplomatic education for the Sforza princesses in the second half of the XV century’

Wolfram Aichinger (Universität Wien) – ‘A pressing issue. Negotiating a midwife for empress Margaret of Austria’

John Condren (University of St Andrews) – ‘Queste novelle amazzoni: Laura Martinozzi di Fano and Isabella Klara von Habsburg as duchess-regents of Modena and Mantua vis-à-vis Louis XIV, 1662-1674’

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-15:15 – Third panel: El rey ha muerto
Valentina Marguerite Kozák (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) – ‘Imperial envoys at Charles II’s court in Madrid: Diplomatic strategies of co-operation within the female entourage of Maria Anna of Neuburg (1696-1700)’

Rocío Martínez López (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia-UNED) – ‘Just Family matters? The diplomatic confrontation between emperor Leopold I and Charles II of Spain regarding archduchess Maria Antonia’s rights of succession’

15:15-15:30 – Coffee break

15:30-16:45 – Fourth panel: Theatre and literature
Nathalie Rivere de Carles (Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès) – ‘Shakespeare and the “persona mixta”: Feminine diplomacy on the early modern stage’

Barbara Distefano (Università di Palermo) – ‘The womenless Risorgimento. Diplomacy and education in Carlo Collodi’s Viaggio per l’Italia di Giannettino’

16:45-17:15 – Coffee break

17:15-19:00 – Keynote: Lucien Bély (Université Paris-Sorbonne) – Women in diplomacy: Representation or negotiation?
19:30 – Conference dinner

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

8:30-9:45 – Fifth panel: Weddings and births
Giuseppe Pio Cascavilla (Independent Researcher) – ‘Love and marriage at the French embassy in Constantinople in the second half of the 18th century’

Philippa Woodcock (University of the Highlands and Islands) – ‘Life-cycle, ceremony and the embassy’

9:45-10:00 – Coffee break

10:00-11:40 – Sixth panel: Ambassadresses and the limits of independence
Marc W. S. Jaffré (University of St Andrews) – ‘Sociability, gender, and diplomacy at Louis XIII’s court, 1610-1643’

Ruggero Sciuto (Hertford College, University of Oxford) – ‘Mr and Mrs Lorenzi: One or two correspondences?’

Florian Kühnel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) – ‘The ambassador is dead – Long live the ambassadress. Widowship and proxy representation in early modern diplomacy’

11:40-12:00 – Coffee break

12:00-13:15 – Seventh panel: Spaces for female diplomatic agents
Kristine Dyrmann (Aarhus Universitet) – ‘Diplomacy at the spa: A Danish noblewoman’s encounters with the European élite at Bad Pyrmont, 1789-94’

Matthias Pohlig (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) – ‘Ambassadors, ambassadrices, and the Chevalier d’Éon. Reflections on diplomacy and gender’

13:15-13:30 – Concluding remarks and discussion