The Role of Ridicule in Typewriter and Tweet Diplomacy – How can Humour ‘Speak’ Security?

In cooperation with Erasmus+ the International Relations Department of Webster Vienna has the pleasure to invite you to the guest lecture of Dr. Ákos Kopper (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) titled:

"The Role of Ridicule in Typewriter and Tweet Diplomacy – How can Humour ‘Speak’ Security?" 

Diplomacy used to be characterized by formalized interactions and a high level of protocol to limit occasions where parties could feel ridiculed or humiliated. In modern times, however, diplomacy is not restricted to professional actors, but it is increasingly performed and addressed at the public, offering space for humorous and ridiculous interventions – both intentional and unintended ones. In his talk Kopper will discuss the use of humour and ridicule in such interactions as cartoons from the early 20th century, when Wilson’s reluctance to join the war against Germany was heavily criticized; or the recent Skripal affair, when the Russian Embassy along a formal complaint also published ironic tweets to respond to the expelling of Russian diplomats from Britain. In discussing this issue his presentation will elucidate the way humour speaks security in such diplomatic exchanges.

Ákos Kopper is Head of Department of International Relations and European Studies at ELTE University, Budapest. He received his PhD from Jacobs University Bremen (2009) and MA from CEU. His main research interests are citizenship, security, diplomacy and the IR of East Asia. With his colleagues he is editing of the Journal of International Relations and Development, the official journal of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA). – He is also member of CEEISA’s executive board. His works appeared among others in journals such as: European Journal of International Relations, Democratization, International Studies Review, The Pacific Review, East European Politics and International Political Sociology.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00pm in room 0.16 

Please register at irdepartment@webster.ac.at

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