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One volume of essays from the network is now under contract with Routledge. Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World c. 1410-1800, ed. Tracey A. Sowerby and Jan Hennings includes thirteen essays focussing on diplomatic ceremonial and sovereignty, entertainment and hospitality, and gifts.

On August 19 we held a workshop in Oxford to discuss contributions to a collection of essays which we are proposing as a special edition of a journal. These focus on British diplomacy and literary production. We are grateful to Keble College, Oxford for hosting us.

On April 13 we held a workshop in Oxford to discuss several of the contributions to an essay collection that we are producing from the project on literary and diplomatic cultures in the early modern world. Thanks to TORCH for hosting us and to network members for producing materials for us to discuss.

An overview of our conference Diplomacy and Culture in the Early Modern World can be read by members of the Society for Renaissance Studies in the April 2015 edition of the SRS Bulletin.

Registration for our summer conference Diplomacy and Culture in the Early Modern World, which will be held at TORCH, Oxford from 31 July to 2 August, is now open. You can register here.

The network’s second workshop was held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge on 14-15 April 2014. This built on the themes identified in workshop one and expanded the dialogue into new areas. We welcomed several guest speakers, who joined us in trying out new ideas, either through short think pieces or by exploring issues through an analysis of a short text that was pertinent to their research.

We have now published our call for papers for our summer conference, to be held at TORCH on 31 July to 2 August 2014. To read more, click here.

The network’s first workshop was held at TORCH on 9-10 August 2013. It was distinguished by open and engaged dialogue across disciplines and the desire to draw on valuable techniques from different disciplinary traditions. Individual papers tackled diverse genres from translation to diplomatic reports and ranged widely over various European literary communities. We addressed questions of disciplinarity, periodization, terminology and many other important issues. A summary of both the themes that emerged during the workshop and of individual papers can be found here: Textual Ambassadors Workshop One Summary. You may also want to read Tracey’s introductory survey of the state of the field, which discusses several pertinent developments in historical and literary studies.