18 March 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions – Commission Sessions at the American Historical Association 2021 (Seattle, 7-10 January 2021)

(Source: ICHRPI)

The International Commission for the History of Representative & Parliamentary Institutions scholars in the United States announce the following Call for Papers to be presented at the annual conference of the American Historical Association at Seattle, 7–10 January 2021. The International Commission has been an Affiliated Society of the AHA since May, 2019.

Topic A:

Pacific Rim parliamentary history: 1850-1945
The panel will survey parliamentary institutions from 1850 to 1945 in countries that face the Pacific Ocean: during this interval, what role do technological progress and economic change play in the history of these institutions?

Topic B:

Constitution writing and parliamentary organization in the Atlantic World 1775-1815
In the forty year study interval (1775-1815) 523 constitutional instruments were composed or proposed.  What do they have in common? Given the high failure rate of these constitutions, what were the enduring achievements of this outburst of top-down modelling? If enough proposals are received on the subject of constitutions imposed by force of French arms or on the subject of state constitution-making in the US, we will organize separate panels directed to these topics.

Topic C:

Elements of European political culture from the 11th century
Medievalists have isolated and studied specific elements in statecraft, such as consultation, negotiation, recording of disputes, choreography in ordered discourse, and the composition of procedural treatises.  What is the state of today’s scholarly art in the study of statecraft as an emerging collection of skills and logics? Presenters are invited to center their attention on an author who has made a major contribution to the elements of statecraft from the 11th century or on an interval in which notable progress was made.

The International Commission welcomes submissions from scholars interested in the history of parliamentary institutions. The Commission is an American Historical Association Affiliated Society. Its scholars participated in AHA’s most recent conference (New York City, 3–6 January 2020). The ICHRPI was founded in Lausanne in 1936 and has been continuously active throughout the world since its re-founding in 1950 in Paris. Please see the commission webpage for further information regarding the history of the organization and its purposes, as well as updates on the evolution of this panel. Please note: H-Net does not permit the commission to update its postings on the H-Net webpages.

Contact Dr. Peter J. Aschenbrenner, National Convenor (US) regarding this announcement:

The Commission is also interested in hearing from scholars wishing to serve as panel chairs and commentators.

The scholarly journal of the Commission is the Parliaments, Estates and Representation and welcomes submissions from academic or independent scholars on all aspects of parliamentary and political history throughout the world. Please refer to for further information on the Journal.

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