Sub-project 2: Diplomacy and Image Crises
Research project 2 examines how governments and diplomats handle crises generated by images. As the Muhammad cartoon crisis showed, diplomatic requests and responses often play crucial parts in escalating a conflict. Past the fading of a crisis from the front pages, diplomats are entrusted with the task of normalizing relations. Theoretically, this project brings together work on security and diplomacy as well as discourse analysis and practice theory. The first case study to be presented will be on the artwork ”Entropa”, commissioned by the Czech European Union Presidency in 2009. Entropa included small depictions of each EU member country, and caused a diplomatic crisis when Bulgaria demanded “its” representation be removed.