68th Conference - Palma de Mallorca, Spain
7 - 9 September 2016

Conference Information

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.

Main conference theme: Multilevel Parliaments

Contributions are welcomed on themes such as regulation, operation, composition, representation versus governability and parliamentary transparency.

Other themes:

  • Sources for the study of parliamentary history.
  • The representative assemblies of the Crown of Aragon.
  • Forms of political representation from the Middle Ages to the present.

Remit and Context

The political institutional reality of most of the world indicates a multilevel structure within the scope of parliaments. Along with the parliaments of states, sub-state legislative chambers in decentralized states can be found alongside the parliaments of states, and in recent decades new legislative institutions as the European Parliament or representative assemblies of supranational entities such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In addition to this central issue, this conference will reflect on forms of political representation, with special attention to parliamentary representation throughout history. As a base of both studies, it is also appropriate to introduce a third theme focusing on the sources of parliamentary history. We are keen to receive proposals from historians, jurists, political scientists, and archivists to provide us with their thoughts on different forms of sources, their classification, information management and their possible applications for parliamentary studies. Finally, given that the conference will be held in Mallorca, submissions are welcomed on the comparative reflection of the scholars of the representative assemblies of the Crown of Aragon.

Call for Papers

The submission deadline for abstracts, of no more than 200 words, should be submitted to Elisabeth Ripoll Gill or Gabriel Mayol Arbrona by 30 March 2016.

Grants for scholars to attend the Palma de Mallorca Conference of ICHRPI/CIHAE2016

Applications are invited for grants available to support younger scholars without permanent employment or other adequate financial subsidy to attend this conference on 7-9 September 2016.

The awards will consist of the conference fee, one year’s subscription to the ICHRPI (which entitles members to a free copy of its journal Parliaments, Estates & Representation), and a contribution towards travel and hotel costs.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to the election panel convenor, Dr Eva Jedruch (evajedruch@gmail.com) not later than 1 May 2016.

Applicants should include

  • an outline of their reasons for attending the conference
  • their academic curriculum vitae
  • estimates of expected costs with supporting documents for fares and accommodation
  • details of any other applications for funds and the results thereof
  • two confidential supporting letters sent directly by senior scholars.

The decision of the selection panel will be final.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a paper for consideration by the conference organizers and to offer it for publication either in any volume arising from the conference or in Parliaments, Estates & Representation. The closing date for offering a conference paper has been moved from January to March; see the websites above.

Conference Contacts

For general information as well as submissions email Elisabeth Ripoll Gil and Gabriel Mayol Arbona at ichrpi2016@gmail.com.

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