[Diplomacy and technology: A historical journey] Prehistory: The birth of diplomacy and early ‘technologies’

Mina Mudric's picture
February 25, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Ancient History, Communication, Digital Humanities, Diplomacy and International Relations, Intellectual History


When did diplomatic practice start? How did our ancestors solve conflicts? Are humans biologically more prone to conflicts or cooperation?

In January 2021, we held the first session of our new monthly Zoom series titled Diplomacy and Technology: A historical journey where we discuss the evolution of diplomacy and technology. The series is led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, an expert with an academic background in international law, diplomacy, and digital technology.

In our February session Prehistory: The birth of diplomacy and early “technologies', we will look at how the emergence of language, speech, and social structures (in various forms of cohabitation) influenced diplomacy.

In preparation for the session, listen/read our interview with primatologist Prof. Frans de Waal ‘What can diplomats learn from primates?’

Join us on Thursday, 25th February, at 13:00 UTC (14:00 CET) for a discussion on these and other important topics on the prehistory of diplomacy. Register to attend



Contact Info: 

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, PhD

Executive Director, DiploFoundation | Head, Geneva Internet Platform

Geneva, Switzerland

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