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Petitioning was and is a universal phenomenon that transcends place and time. In pre-democratic periods it was frequently the most accessible form of popular political participation, but it has long been neglected by historians and political scientists pre-occupied with voting, elections and parties. The recent rise of e-petitioning and the crisis of traditional representative democracy across the Western world makes the study of alternative forms of popular representation and participation not only timely but urgent. This two day symposium brings together historians and social scientists to highlight future directions for research in this exciting emerging field.

The symposium will identify key questions for the study of petitioning in North America, Britain and Europe from 1750 to the present, specifically focusing on the changing relationship between petitioning and participation, representation and democratic development. In particular, the symposium seeks to promote the study of the transnational and comparative study of petitioning and place national and local studies in global perspective.

Participants include:

Dr. Benoit Agnes (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Prof. Daniel Carpenter (Harvard)

Prof. Malcolm Chase (Leeds)

Dr. Yann-Arzel Durelle-Marc (Université Paris 13)

Dr. Richard Huzzey (Liverpool)

Prof. James Jaffe (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)

Dr. Maartje Janse (Leiden)

Prof. Mark Knights (Warwick)

Dr. Henry Miller (Manchester)

Dr. Michelle Orihel (Southern Utah University)

Dr. Diego Palacios Cerezales (Stirling)

Sami Pinabarsi (Manchester)

Dr. Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire)

Prof. David Zaret (Indiana)

The organiser gratefully acknowledge the support of the Social History Society, the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the History division, University of Manchester. This event is organised by Henry MillerCultures of Politics research group, History division, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

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