This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 755504).

 

Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Eurasia
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Parliaments and Political Transformations in Europe and Asia: Diversity and Representation in the 20th and 21st Century, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), February 12–13, 2019

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.


Eurasian Parliamentary Practices and Political Mythologies: Imperial Legacies, Diversities, and Representations in the 20th and 21st Century, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), June 17–18, 2019

The Workshop “Eurasian Parliamentary Practices and Political Mythologies” will focus on the historical and “reestablished” institutions of collective decision making on the territories of the former Russian, Qing, and Ottoman Empires, as well as adjacent regions of Eastern Europe, Inner and East Asia, and explore parliamentary practices and political mythologies in these parts of Eurasia. The organizers seek to stimulate the dialogue between historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and other scholars working on the named contexts, as well as to breach the divide between different area studies. The goal of the workshop is to present well-researched historical studies of institutions of collective and deliberative decision making in indigenous, imperial, and post-imperial contexts and outline the use of the concepts, stemming from the practices of these institutions, and the appeals to historical practices in modern and contemporary political mythologies. The workshop will contribute to the history of concepts and the study of contemporary political mythologies and practices in both theoretical and empirical terms by bringing the material in a variety of non-European languages into the international academic discussion and tracing the exchange in practices and ideas across Eurasia.

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