London 2017

The 14th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents will be held in London from April 26 to 28.


Wednesday 26 April 2016

5.00-7.00 pm Opening Reception at Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St James’s, London, SW1A 1BB

Thursday 27 April 2016

9.00 - 9.30 am Arrival and registration at Lancaster House; tea & coffee

9.30 – 11.00 am Official welcome from Sir Simon MacDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Programme updates

11.00 - 11.30 am Tea & coffee

11.30 - 1.00 pm Session 1: Chronological v thematic approach to publishing diplomatic documentary editions

  • Marc Dierikx (Netherlands), chair
  • Prof Dr Francesco Lefebvre d’Ovidio & Prof Antonio Varsori (Italy)
  • Dr Matthias Peter (Germany)
  • Isabelle Richefort (France)

1:00 – 2.00 pm Lunch

2.00 – 4.00 pm Session 2: Spotlight on the end-user:

  • Dr Stephen Randolph (USA), chair
    Who are we publishing documents for?
    • Dr Ilse Dorothee Pautsch (Germany)
      ‘Spoilt for choice – on the joy and trouble of selecting documents for the end user’
    • Dr James Ellison, Queen Mary’s, University of London
      ‘An academic’s perspective’

Feedback & engagement

  • Dr Joseph Wicentowski (USA)
    ‘Understanding your online readership at home and around the world through Google Analytics’
  • Christiane Sibille (Switzerland)
    ‘Linking and Connecting Editions of Diplomatic Documents: A case study of the Benefits of Contributing to Metagrid and histHub’
  • Andrew Laas, Proquest
    ‘Online Usage of Documents on British Policy Overseas’

4.00 - 4.30 pm Tea & coffee

4.30 - 6.00 pm Conference photograph

ICEDD General Assembly

7.30 – 10.00 pm Conference dinner in the Locarno Room at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, SW1A 2AH

Guest speaker: Lord Ricketts of Shortlands, formerly Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Ambassador to France

Friday 28 April 2017

9.00 – 9.30 am Tea & coffee

9.30 – 11.00 am Session 3: External perspectives on document publishing

  • Dr Michael Kennedy (Ireland), chair
  • Chris Collins, Margaret Thatcher Foundation
  • Chris Mumby, The National Archives

11.00-11.30 am Tea & coffee

11.30-1.00 pm Session 4: Standards and best practices for digital diplomatic documentary editions

  • Dr Joseph Wicentowski (USA), chair
  • Dr James Cummings (University of Oxford)
    ‘The Text Encoding Initiative and best practices for encoding text in digital documentary editions’
  • Susan Perdue (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
    ‘The Social Networks in Archival Context project and best practices for biographical data in documentary editions’
  • Dr Sacha Zala (Switzerland)
    'Editions of Diplomatic Documents: From Paper and Plain Text to Machine-Readable Metadata’

1:00-2.00 pm Lunch

2.00-3.30 pm Session 5: Oral History: challenges and opportunities

  • Prof Patrick Salmon (UK), chair
  • Dr Sue Onslow, Commonwealth Oral Histories Project
  • Abbey Wright, British Diplomatic Oral History Project
  • Dr Susana Muñoz, University of Luxembourg

3.30-4.00 pm Tea & coffee

4.00-6.00 pm Session 6: Country History Programmes

  • Dr Richard Smith (UK), chair
  • Dr William McAllister (USA)
    ‘Too Much of a Good Thing: Balancing Government Openness, National Security, and Alliance Politics during the Cold War’
  • Piotr Dlugolecki (Poland)
    ‘Two States, Two Political Systems, One Series: Polish Diplomatic Documents’
  • Gusztáv D. Kecskés (Hungary)
    ‘Several waves: publication projects of diplomatic documents in Hungary since the 1960s’
  • Dr Luke Gibbon (UK)
    ‘The unknown editor: Lillian Penson and British Documents on the Origins of the War, 1898-1914’

6.00 pm Closing remarks and forward look to Berlin 2019

From 6.30 pm Closing reception at Davy's at St. James, Crown Passage, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 6QY

Saturday 29 April 2017

10.00 am Optional tour of the Houses of Parliament