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International Conference: Recovering Europe's Parliamentary Culture, 1500-1700: Concepts, Methods, Approaches, 22-24 June 2022

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the culture of early modern Europe’s political assemblies, and ask how it was expressed in language, writing, images, institutions, and symbolic practices. Political consultative assemblies, common in late medieval monarchies throughout Europe, faced transformative changes between 1500 and 1700. Parliaments, States, Sejm, Estates, Diets, Cortes varied tremendously in their organization, customs, and functions. Yet they shared a transnational inheritance of ideas and methods of deliberation, consultation and representation that added up to a common European tradition.

Representative and consultative institutions have been mostly studied in terms either of legal and constitutional history or of national politics. Yet they should also be seen as cultural phenomena in their own right. We invited papers from scholars of early modern history, political philosophy, intellectual history, literature, classical tradition, arts and material culture to investigate the political, literary and visual discourses and shared experiences of representative political assemblies across Europe during the ‘Long Reformation’.

The conference is supported by the Jagiellonian University Excellence Initiative-Research University and by the Europaeum, a network of 18 European universities. 

Organizing Committee:

  • Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves, Jagiellonian University in Krakow
  • Paulina Kewes, Jesus College, Oxford
  • Tracey Sawerby, the Europaeum
  • Jim van der Meulen, University of Oxford


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