Workshops and Conferences

On this page you find announcements and reports of workshops and conferences organised by EuParl.net and its members.
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Following the 66th conference in London in June/July 2015 and the 67th conference held as part of the Comité International des Sciences Historique [CISH] XXII congress in Jinan, China, in August 2015, the Commission has chosen Palma de Mallorca as home to its 68th conference. The event will be hosted by the University of the Balearic Islands.

2 days
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Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
Thanks to the presence of television cameras in its debating chambers, the spectacle of Parliament is familiar to everyone who watches the evening news. For those who wish to venture beyond the sound bites, BBC Parliament now offers exhaustive coverage of proceedings in the chambers and committee rooms at Westminster. Yet despite this prominence in the public eye little has been done to assess the impact of parliamentary speaking on the political culture at large and its history as a rhetorical form remains to a large extent unwritten. Parliament’s development as an institution, its changing constitutional role, the political alignment and realignment of party groupings within it, and its contests with organised opinion out of doors have been the theme of many conferences but few have looked closely at one of the activities that most make it distinctive, the practice of speaking itself.
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On the occasion of 800 years Magna Carta, the History of Parliament Trust organized the conference ‘Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: Constructing representative institutions, 1000-2000’.
1½ days
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Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz
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During the third international conference of the European Information and Research Network on Parliamentary History (EuParl.net) 45 experts on European parliamentary studies from various academic fields gathered to present, discuss and rethink their latest methodological approaches. Special attention was paid to anthropological, discourse-oriented and oral history approaches to parliamentary institutions, likewise to the implications of the digitalization of parliamentary records.
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Helsinki & Department of History and Ethnology
University of Jyväskylä
In its third international conference, EuParl.net gathered experts on European parliamentary studies from various academic fields to present, discuss and rethink their latest methodological approaches. Special attention was paid to anthropological, discourse analytical and oral approaches to parliamentary institutions as well as to the implications of the digitalization of parliamentary records for research on parliaments. The papers addressed the common European tradition of parliamentary government.
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The European Information and Research Network on Parliamentary History (EuParl.net) organized its second international conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, on the perceptions, interpretations and memories of parliaments and parliamentarism in Europe. Experts from different parts of Europe spoke about 'The Ideal Parliament' in the 19th, 20th and 21th century. The conference took place from 30 May – 1 June 2013.
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Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po
On the 8th and 9th of November 2012 the European Information and Research Network on Parliamentary History (EuParl.net) succesfully organised the international conference The Europe of Parliaments - Current Research in the Field of Parliamentary History. The conference took place at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po in Paris.
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The time is ripe to transcend the traditional, nationally oriented perspectives on parliamentary historiography and to place the comparative and transnational approach firmly on the research agendas. New research projects will take this into account and focus on the 'European dimension' of parliamentary history.

The EuParl board met for a working conference in London in march 2010. The meeting had fruitful discussion which led to several decisions being made. The main decision was that institutes invited to join would not necessarily have to be specialised in parliamentary history, but could also be multidisciplinary, like the Montesquieu Institute.

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Between 19-20 June 2009, the EU-Parl.net conference took place in Berlin. The EUParl.net is a growing network of European institutes concentrating on parliamentary history. At the conference new members who joined in the last year were welcomed and plans for the coming year were put forward.
On March 27 2009, the EUParl.net working conference took place in The Hague at the Montesquieu Institute. This institute is one of the initiators of the EUParl network.
Representatives of a number of European research institutes met in Berlin to discuss the possibilities of establishing an international network of institutes on parliamentary history. The meeting proved successful as it was decided to launch the European Information and Research Network on Parliamentary History. The aim of the network would be to enhance international cooperation in the area of parliamentary history and development by facilitating and promoting the exchange and dissemination of knowledge.