Rituals and the Making of International Society
Department of International Relations Susan Strange Memorial Lecture 2022
Thursday 1 December 2022
Speaker: Thierry Balzacq, Susan Strange Visiting Professor 2022/23 at LSE, Professor at the Center for International Studies, SciencesPo.
Chair: Jeffrey Chwieroth, Professor of International Relations, LSE
Diplomatic apologies, joint military exercises, gift giving, and global summits, are assumed to be some of the most iconic rituals of world politics. However, many actions that are achieved by means of rituals can be enacted otherwise. What criteria, then, do scholars employ to say that an action or an event is a ritual, and what difference (if any) does it make to its character as well as to its efficacy?
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