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


Wednesday 26 April 2017

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

Thursday 27 April 2017

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

9.30 – 11.00 am Welcome and 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)
  • Dr Louise Fischer (Israel)

1:00 – 2.00 pm Lunch

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

  • Dr Adam Howard (USA), chair
    • Who are we publishing documents for?FeedbackFeedback & engagement
      • 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 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’
      • Dr 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 Conference photograph followed by tea & coffee

4.30 – 6.00 pm ICEDD General Assembly

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: Charting our past: the evolution of the foreign policy documentation

  • Dr Richard Smith (UK), chair
  • Piotr Dlugolecki (Poland)
    ‘Two States, Two Political Systems, One Series: Polish Diplomatic Documents’
  • Dr 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 the Army & Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN

Saturday 29 April 2017

10.00-11.30 am Optional tour of the Houses of Parliament