‘Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments’ Conference for 2015

Following last week’s blogpost about our 2014 conference, ‘Parliaments and Minorities’, today we have published an advanced notice of an exciting conference for 2015.

The year 2015 marks two anniversaries of enormous significance in the history of English, and British constitutional and legal history: the 800th anniversary of King John’s acceptance of Magna Carta, the great charter of liberties of the English nation in 1215; and the 750th anniversary of the Parliament summoned by Simon de Montfort in 1265, following his defeat of King Henry III in a civil war which was the culmination of a baronial revolt.

To mark these anniversaries, the History of Parliament Trust will in 2015 host the annual conference of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions (ICHRPI) with the help of UK Parliament, King’s College, London and Royal Holloway, University of London. The conference will take 1215 and 1265 as a starting point for an exploration of the initiation and development of political institutions from the early Middle Ages onwards, and an assessment of their role in state formation or national building. It will consider the significance of foundational documents and events such as Magna Carta and the de Montfort Parliament and how these – and the historiography of Parliaments – became so important in the subsequent history of Parliament and political institutions.

The conference will have a strong comparative element, and will incorporate contributions from continental scholars and scholars of continental traditions.

An advance notice of the conference has been published on our website, which gives more details on the conference themes and focus.

The conference will take place at King’s College, London, Royal Holloway, London and Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster between 30th June and 4th July 2015. A formal call for papers will be issued in the New Year, but we would be delighted if you wish to contact us now to register an interest in either speaking at or attending the conference. Please contact Paul Seaward (pseaward@histparl.ac.uk) or Emma Peplow (epeplow@histparl.ac.uk)


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