Oratory and Representation: Parliamentary discourses and practices in the 19th century

The CALLIOPE project organizes an international conference in Helsinki on March 6th, 2020. The conference discusses parliamentary discourses and practices in the 19th century.

The keynote lecture by Professor Henk Te Velde (Leiden University) at 16:00-17:00 is open to all interested. Professor Te Velde has a wide range of research interests including the history of political eloquence and debate, political culture and legitimacy, and national identity. The title of his keynote lecture on March 6th is Parliament is a Culture. Debating, Rhetoric, and Audiences in 19th c. Britain and France.

The conference venue is University of Helsinki Topelia building (Unioninkatu 38) room D112.


9:00-11:00 Session I

Theo Jung (University of Freiburg): Performing Silence in the House of Speech: Benjamin Disraeli and the parliamentary sphinx
Clarice Bland (University College Dublin): Emotion, Not Eloquence: Bulwer-Lytton in the House of Commons
Tamás Nyirkos (Pázmány Péter Catholic University): Conservative Orators in Restoration France: Bonald vs. Chateubriand
Ludovic Marionneau (University of Helsinki): "The President Shakes the Bell to No Avail": Performance in the French parliamentary debates leading to Jacques-Antoine Manuel's exclusion, 1823

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-12:50 Session II

Carlo Bovolo (University of Eastern Piedmont): Images from the Parlamento Subalpino: Political and cultural representations of the Parliament in the Kingdome of Sardinia (1848-1861)
Daniel Morat (Free University of Berlin): Parliamentary Speech and Stenographic Practice in the German Reichstag, 1871-1914
Oriol Luján (Complutense University of Madrid): Political Representation in 19th Century Spain: A conceptual perspective

12:50-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session III

Anna Rajavuori (University of Helsinki): Performing Socialist in the Parliament: Class and authority in the early 20th century Finland's representative politics
Ivan Sablin (University of Heidelberg): When Subalterns Speak: Performing class and ethnicity in the Russian State Duma, 1906-1917
Karen Lauwers (University of Helsinki): The Relevance of Histories of Extra-Parliamentary Representation and Informal Political Communication (France, 19th-20th centuries)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Keynote

Henk Te Velde (Leiden University): Parliament is a Culture: Debating, rhetoric, and audiences in 19th c. Britain and France

17:00-17:30 Concluding remarks by Josephine Hoegaerts (University of Helsinki)