November 22, 2016 - Lecture

Diplomatic Face-Work: Between Confidential Negotiations and Public Display

Rebecca Adler-Nissen (University of Copenhagen)

The rise of social media, coupled with demands for more transparency and democracy in world politics, brings new challenges to international diplomacy. State leaders and diplomats continue to react to traditional media, but now also attempt to present themselves proactively through tweets and public diplomacy. These efforts often interfere directly with closed-door negotiations and its codes of restraint, discretion and secrecy.

The research project DIPLOFACE explores the relationship between diplomatic negotiations and the public, taking the concept of ‘face-work’ to the international level. DIPLOFACE combines participant observation, interviews and digital studies, generating new knowledge about how the information revolution challenges and transforms diplomacy, how leaders and diplomats handle new media, and the role of face-saving and face-threatening strategies in international relations

DIPLOFACE seeks to advance our understanding of diplomacy in the 21st century beyond existing International Relations and diplomatic theory. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) for a period of five years (2016-2021).


Event date: November 28th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 3150 rue jean brillant, C - 2059


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