Constitutional History on Trial – Status Quo, Combined Methods and New Sources

Internationales Symposium am Historischen Kolleg München & online, 26.–28. Juni 2024

The Symposium »Constitutional History on Trial«, organized by Yvonne Kleinmann during her research stay at the Historisches Kolleg Munich, will bring together scholars from various disciplines and discuss methods of constitutional history of modern and pre-modern times. The point of departure is a broad understanding of constitutions as the basic orders underlying communities. All contributions will include both theoretical and empirical aspects.

On the background of more recent approaches in cultural history, the anthropology of law and entangled
his-tory the following questions will be discussed:
• How can we grant non-state actors proper consideration?
• What methods help to analyze unwritten or uncodified constitutions?
• How do constitutional norms relate to interpretation and practice?
• What patterns of meaning and interpretations of the world do constitutions represent?
• How does normativity relate to narration in constitutional texts?
• What social and religious norms compete with constitutions?
• How do underprivileged groups become subjects of constitutions, and what role do social
movements play?
• How can we detach constitutional history from its national framework and develop it into a history
of entanglement?
• What neglected sources should we analyze, and what familiar sources require re-reading?

Zeit: 26. – 28. Juni 2024
Ort: Historisches Kolleg München, Kaulbachstr. 15, 80539 München / hybrid
Sprache: Englisch
Kontakt: Yvonne Kleinmann & Franziska Nicolay-Fischbach.

If you are not able to travel to Munich, you can still join us online:
Zoom Meeting
Meeting-ID: 562 982 0818
Code: 834985

Hier finden Sie das vollständige Programm der Tagung und das Call for Papers.