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Alexander Semenov and Anton Kotenko at the EuParl.Net seminar in Heidelberg

On February 12-13, Heidelberg hosted the conference “Parliaments and Political Transformations in Europe and Asia: Diversity and Representation in the 20th and 21st Century”, supported by the EuParl.Net network. (part of which is the Center for Historical Research in St. Petersburg). The workshop, which is part of the project “Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China and Mongolia, 1905 - 2005,” was devoted to the exploring the role of parliaments in Eastern Europe and East Asia.

The director of the center, Alexander Semenov, and the senior researcher, Anton Kotenko spoke on their work at the conference. Alexander Semenov presented a paper on representative experiments in the Russian Empire of the early 20th century. Anton Kotenko told about  Ukrainian intelligentsia and also about the idea of ​​parliament in the long 19th century.

The conference organizers actively strive to develop and stimulate cooperation between historians and political scientists in the study of the 20th and 21st centuries. One of the important goals of the workshop was to challenge the stereotypes about inclinations of a particular region towards democracy, highlighting transnational practices and, thus, overcoming narrow national and regional contexts.