Housing the Nation Abroad. The Belgian Diplomatic Representation through Architecture, Furniture and Art, 1830-1939

Housing the Nation Abroad. The Belgian Diplomatic Representation through Architecture, Furniture and Art, 1830-1939

The project, under supervision of Prof. dr. Anne-Françoise Morel and Prof. dr. Fredie Floré, investigates the role attributed to architecture and art in the deployment of the Belgian diplomatic network from the moment of its foundation until the outbreak of the second world war. It will do so by focusing on the embassy building, an architectural typology which gradually emerged within the context of the nineteenth century transformation of national governance.

The project questions whether cultural representation was part of this early diplomatic agenda and whether architecture and art were actively used as agents during diplomatic missions. Two observations which are intrinsically linked to nineteenth century developments lead to this research question: the rise of the resident-embassy and the quest for a national cultural identity.

Image source: Postcard “Pékin – Légation de Belgique” (Source: www.memoryofchina.org)

PhD student working on the project: Charlotte Rottiers

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