Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2023, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal

‘Posthuman diplomacy’?

Practices of European Diplomacy in the Digital Age

Seminarraum EIF Erdgeschoß
Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Wien


Hybrid format - Zoom and in person


Digital technologies are transforming diplomatic practices. The negotiation of key texts is occurring in blended environments that involve a variety of digital tools, from WhatsApp to video-conferences and cloud-based archives. ‘Tech Ambassadors’ are proliferating, with the EU most recently appointing one. The traditional brick-and-mortar Embassy model is being complemented by virtual practices, chatbots and, in the case of Estonia, a data embassy. To what extent are these changes to negotiation and representation ontologically transforming diplomacy, to suggest that diplomacy in Europe is going ‘posthuman’? Digital technologies are affecting the time and space of European diplomatic practices. An ever-faster rhythm is making negotiations richer but not necessarily more inclusive. New digital sites of diplomacy are also challenging traditional diplomatic participation. The EU has contributed to level the playfield and keep diplomacy anchored in human decision-makers, but this approach is constantly challenged by the sirens of digital modernisation.

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Centre for European Integration Research (EIF)

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Florian Sowa
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Centre for European Integration Research (EIF)