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Elsa Hedling

Elsa Hedling

Postdoc

Elsa Hedling

Visual Diplomacy in Virtual Summitry : Status Signalling During the Coronavirus Crisis

Författare

  • August Danielson
  • Elsa Hedling

Summary, in English

On March 26, 2020, the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies (G20) convened in an emergency virtual meeting to discuss the extraordinary situation facing the world. Virtual summitry provided a stark visual contrast to the traditional staging of modern multilateral diplomacy―leaders were suddenly responsible for their own staging, leaving them with new opportunities to create a favourable impression of how they, and their respective state, would be seen. Taking the disruption of virtual summitry as a starting point, we focus on the resulting new opportunities for visual diplomacy. We draw on the symbolic interactionism of Erving Goffman and we argue that status signalling in this context was based on a shared understanding of the symbols and resources that have social value in the interaction order of summit diplomacy. Based on a visual analysis of 51 photographs from the G20 video conference, we find that the visual performances during the extraordinary meeting reflected evident, but not necessarily intentional, attempts at status seeking. The article thus contributes to an increased understanding of how visual performances contribute to uphold status distinctions in multilateral diplomacy.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2021-11-12

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

243-261

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Review of International Studies

Volym

48

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Cambridge University Press

Ämne

  • Political Science

Nyckelord

  • summit diplomacy
  • status
  • signalling
  • visual politics
  • COVID -19

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Digital Diplomacy in a Turbulent Global World
  • Social Information and Hybrid Power: A Strategic Platform for Political Communication at Lund University

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0260-2105