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Workshop: "Parliaments and Political Transformations in Europe and Asia"

Feb 12, 2019 - Feb 13, 2019 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
Organiser: ERC Project ENTPAR, Dr. Ivan Sablin

"Parliaments and Political Transformations in Europe and Asia: Diversity and Representation in the 20th and 21st Century"

Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH)

Hauptstraße 242, 69117 Heidelberg

Focusing on the histories of political representation and deliberative decision-making in imperial and post-imperial contexts, the workshop will explore the role of parliaments in major social and political transformations of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Juxtaposing the periods of the 1900s–1920s and the 1980s–2000s, the organizers seek to stimulate the dialogue between historians, political scientists, and other scholars working on the named contexts, as well as to breach the divide between Eastern European and East Asian Studies. The workshop will trace the emergence of so-called “peripheral” parliaments in early twentieth century Eurasia, discuss the eclipse of parliamentary institutions, and examine post-socialist and post-authoritarian parliamentary designs. Special attention will be devoted to the role of parliaments and parliamentary formations (such as congresses and councils) in representation and management of ethnic, religious, regional, and other social and cultural diversity, recruitment of elites, and legitimation of political and economic regimes. One of the workshop’s main goals is to challenge the persistent stereotypes about inclinations towards democracy in particular national or regional contexts by foregrounding relevant transnational practices and interactions and including nuanced political and intellectual histories of parliamentarism into the global discussion.

For more information about the event please visit the workshop website.

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