14.12.2023 - 15.12.2023

Online und vor Ort: Translation in Early Modern Diplomacies

Between Tradition and Innovation

  • Workshop Frühe Neuzeit
  • 13:30 Uhr (14.12.) - 13:00 Uhr (15.12.)
  • DHIP

The early modern period was a time of burgeoning diplomatic activity on the European continent characterized by the spread of resident diplomacy and the appearance of peace congresses. Linguistic practices were changing dramatically as well, including Latin, German and Italian progressively overshadowed by French as a pan-European medium of diplomacy. All these developments had a considerable impact on translation in diplomacy, affecting its functioning and role in various ways: translation departments were formed or expanded and redesigned, and the need to train translators in order to increase efficiency of foreign policy began to be felt by major powers. This eventually resulted in the foundation of schools for would-be translators and diplomats, and the development of various practices such as the linguistic training of »giovanni de lingua« or »jeunes de langues«. These innovations allowed early modern diplomacy to cope, at least to a certain degree, with an important increase in diplomatic contacts which led to an ever-growing diplomatic correspondence. However, some of these initiatives, such as the foundation of specialized schools, have been short-lived and have not led to sustainable results. Living and working in a multilingual and multicultural environment, translators often were cultural brokers with hybrid cultural identities. We would like to adopt a transnational and interdisciplinary viewpoint and consider the subject on the basis of new primary sources in the broad context of the development of translation and the evolution of diplomacy in the early modern period.

Event in French and English.

No registration is required for on-site participation.
For online participation, please register here
: Zoom

Event in cooperation with the GHI Moscow, the Université Haute-Alsace and the DFG.

Image credits: Alexandre Litovtchenko (1835–1890), Ivan the Terrible shows his treasures to Queen Elizabeth I's ambassador, Russian museum Saint Petersburg, Wikimedia Commons.