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Tagung [Utrecht, 24.-26.04.2013]: Performances of Peace – Utrecht 1713-2013

Folgende Nachricht erreichte uns über Kornee van der Haven (Universität Gent):

From 24-26 April 2013 the University of Utrecht and the Dutch-Belgian Society for 18th Century Studies organize a conference on the Peace of Utrecht: Performances of Peace: Utrecht 1713-2013. A full programme and registration details are now available on

The Peace of Utrecht, which brought an end the War of the Spanish Succession, was a milestone in European history. The Treaty concluded the extensive wars that had swept through both Europe as well as the overseas colonies, and heralded an exceptionally long period of peace for early modern times that lasted until the outbreak of the War of the Austrian Succession in 1740. The Peace of Utrecht confronts us with changing concepts of international relations as well as with new public practices of ‘performing’ diplomacy in eighteenth-century Europe. The significance of this event, however, has not always been recognised.

This conference, organised by the Utrecht University Department of History and the Dutch Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, aims to redress that.

This conference aims to rethink the significance of the Peace of Utrecht by exploring the nexus between culture and politics. For too long, cultural and political historians have studied early modern international relations in isolation. By studying the political as well as the cultural aspects of this peace (and its concomitant paradoxes) from a broader perspective, this conference aims to shed new light on the relation between diplomacy and performative culture in the public sphere.

The conference comprises twelve panels and forty speakers. Invited speakers include Jane O. Newman (University of California, Irvine), Heinz Duchhardt (Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz), Lucien Bély (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Marsha Frey (Kansas State University), Linda Frey (University of Montana), Dorothea Schröder (Cuxhaven), Willem Frijhoff (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Eliga Gould (University of New Hampshire).

The conference will be opened in Utrecht city hall, the historical location of the conclusion of the Peace of Utrecht, and will finish with a visit to the exhibition ‘in Good Peace’ in the Centraal Museum Utrecht.

Registration is now open. For a full programme and registration details see For more information:


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