Eurasian Parliamentary Practices and Political Mythologies: Duma, Rada, Khural, Legislative Yuan, and Beyond

Country: Germany

City: Heidelberg

Abstr. due: 31.01.2019

Dates: 17.06.19 — 18.06.19

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Organizers: University of Heidelberg


The University of Heidelberg invites paper proposals for the Workshop “Eurasian Parliamentary Practices and Political Mythologies: Duma, Rada, Khural, Legislative Yuan, and Beyond” to take place on 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 and Qing 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, anthropologists, political scientists, and other scholars working on the named contexts, as well as to breach the divide between Eastern European and East Asian Studies. This is a book workshop, and its goal is submission of a coherent selection of papers to Heidelberg University Publishing, an open-access peer-reviewed publication platform, for eventual publication as a book. Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania) and Caroline Humphrey (University of Cambridge) have kindly agreed to deliver keynote lectures.

The goal of the workshop and the volume is to present well-researched historical studies of institutions of collective and deliberative decision making in indigenous, imperial, and post-imperial contexts (see the list of suggested institutions below) 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 in Russia, China (including Taiwan), Ukraine, and Mongolia. The workshop will contribute to the history of concepts and the study of contemporary political mythologies 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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