2024 CONFERENCE: Treaty-Making and Cross-Cultural Diplomacy in Asia

The conference Treaty-Making and Cross-Cultural Diplomacy in Asia aims to stimulate the discussion and exchange of ideas about these topics and about the theoretical and methodological challenges involved in writing new global histories of imperialism, international relations, cross-cultural diplomacy, treaty-making, and international law from the onset of the European expansion until the end of colonialism in Asia. Themes to be explored include, but are not limited to:

  • the exploration of unconventional sources for the study of diplomacy and treaty-making;
  • comparative studies between different regions, treaty-making parties, time periods etc.;
  • the complex relationship between, on the one hand, violence, conquest, and coercion, and, on the other hand, negotiation, compromise, and conviviality in treaty-making processes;
  •  the role of translation, literacy, oral traditions, and potential linguistic barriers;
  • the role of intermediaries (e.g. interpreters, secretaries, witnesses) and informal actors;
  •  the relation between traditional Asian instruments of inter-state relations, such tributary systems, and the practice of treaty-making
  • the role of symbols, rituals, ceremonies, and gifts in treaty-making processes;
  • new concepts and frameworks of analysis for understanding treaties in imperial contexts;
  • new methods for studying treaty-making and cross-cultural diplomacy.

Registration to the Conference as Participants is now OPEN! Click here.


Applications for Scholarship for accepted individual and panel proposals is OPEN! Click here. 

Scholars whose panel proposals have been accepted can fill up the form from until 23 Nov 2023. The committee hopes to give you the results on funding opportunity by 24 Nov 2023.


FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions in preparation for the 2024 Treaty-Making and Cross Cultural Diplomacy in Asia

Traveling to and from  the University of the Philippines-College of Law and the  Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).


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Accommodations near the conference venue may also be accessed here. 


The program for the Treaty-Making and Cross Cultural Diplomacy in Asia 16to the 20th Centuries is now available here. 



The conference is organised by the research program Historical Treaties of Southeast Asia, financed by the Swedish Research Council and hosted by the Linnaeus University Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of International Legal Studies, University of the Philippines at Diliman.