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October 18-20, 2023 International scientific conference “Diplomacy and literature” Piraeus/GREECE

The international scientific conference

Diplomacy and literature

Le Piree /Greece, October 18-20, 2023


The international scientific conference “Diplomacy and Literature” aims to examine the link that is created and connects literature to diplomacy, as well as the permeability between these two activities which are at the crossroads of numerous fields of research, such as those of history, archival research, politics and international relations. The international conference “Diplomacy and Literature” will attempt to answer the question paraphrased here: “How can one be an ambassador of a country and a writer?” », based on cases of “writer-diplomats”.

Are diplomacy and literature two concentric circles? How does a diplomat become a writer? How does he transfer his experiences through literature? What cultural practices does he use? Who are the reference writers for writer-diplomats? How does language become a vehicle of culture? What literary genres does he use? What is the contribution of diplomacy to literary inspiration? What is the role of the writer-diplomat in international relations? These are some of the questions the conference is invited to answer. The conference also aims to focus on Greek writer-diplomats who have not been systematically studied.



Some insights into the career of a brilliant Tunisian diplomat in the European courts of the 19th century

Mohieddine Hadhri , Emeritus Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at the University of Tunis

Over the last few years, numerous historical researches in Tunisia and Europe has helped elucidate the history of consular and diplomatic relations between France, Europe and the Barbary capitals in the 19th century: Tripoli, Algiers, Tangier and notably Tunis. Indeed, throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, numerous consular missions, embassies and official trips were exchanged between European states and the Regency of Tunis. At least three diplomatic missions deserve to be noted here as significant diplomatic episodes, namely:

1) The stay of the Tunisian Ambassador, Yusuf Khuja, with Prince Eugene of Austria in Vienna in 1732.
2) La visite officielle effectuée par le souverain tunisien, Ahmad Bey, à Paris en 1846 au cours du règne du Roi de France Louis Philippe.
3) La visite du Premier Ministre tunisien, Khereddine Pacha, rendue au Roi de Prusse, Fréderic II, à Berlin en Avril-Mai 1863.

Given the interest in these diplomatic visits by Tunisian dignitaries to European courts of the 19th century, this article aims precisely to relate the journey of Khereddine Pasha in his capacity as a diplomat and writer who had a particularly rich career. Indeed, the latter left us a whole series of archival documents, letters and correspondence, memoirs and chronicles in Arabic describing in meticulous detail the welcome ceremonies, the costumes and the palaces that he saw and admired. as emissary of the Bey of Tunis to the Courts of the kings of Germany, France, England, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Holland, Denmark and Belgium.

In a word, it is a question of providing, on the basis of readings and investigations of archive reports and memoirs of this diplomat, insights retracing the state of diplomatic, commercial and cultural relations between European countries and the Kingdom of Tunis throughout the modern period. This communication will at the same time focus on the importance of writing and testimonies in diplomatic relations between such different nations but also on the perceptions and perspectives between Europeans and Muslims living on both coasts of the Mediterranean in Nineteenth century.