British academy


Parliaments and Minorities:
Ethnicities, Nations and Religions in Europe, 1848-1948

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 May 2014, 9.30am – 5pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Dr Paul Seaward, History of Parliament Trust
Professor David Feldman, Birkbeck, University of London

From the revolutions of 1848 to the beginning of the Cold War, nationalist and minority movements within the complex ethnic map of Europe have interacted with democratic political forces, stretching the various rules and conventions of parliamentary systems – historically created by the aristocratic elite – to breaking point. This conference explored the rise and impact of nationalism on parliaments and political organisation. It examined the collective experience of a continent in how to resolve, or fail to resolve, cultural oppositions through institutional means.

Picture credit: Leon Blum addressing the Senat, 1938, Mary Evans/SZ Photo/Scherl

Speakers include:
Dr Monika Baar, Univeristy of Groningen
Professor Rebecca Bennette, Middlebury College, Vermont
Professor Lord Bew, Queen’s University, Belfast
Dr Marnix Beyen, University of Antwerp
Dr Eugenio Biagini, Cambridge University
Professor John Breuilly, London School of Economics
Dr Dejan Djokić, Goldsmith’s, University of London
Dr Matthew Frank, University of Leeds
Professor Jean Garrigues, University of Orleans
Professor András Gerő, Central European University
Professor Dieter Gosewinkel, WZB
Professor Hillel Kieval, Washington University
Dr Michael Koß, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Ms Karen Lauwers, University of Leiden
Professor Maud Mandel, Brown University
Dr Philip Salmon, History of Parliament
Professor Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Berlin Technical University
Professor Miles Taylor, Institute of Historical Research
Dr Scott Ury, Tel Aviv University

Please click here for a copy of the conference programme.

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There was a public event on Nationalities and Parliaments now: What can we learn from the past? on the evening of 13 May 2014.