Transnational Cultures of Petitioning symposium

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 2/6/2015.

Transnational Cultures of Petitioning symposium

University of Manchester

June 29-30 


Organized by the Cultures of Politics Research Group, History Division.

The organizer would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Social History Society, the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the History Division, University of Manchester. 

Monday, 29 June

Roscoe Building, 1.001

Registration and welcome

11-11.30am Registration and welcome

11.30-1pm Panel 1: Petitions in Transnational and National Contexts

Prof. Daniel Carpenter (Harvard): Recruitment by Petition: American Antislavery, French Protestantism, English Suppression

Dr. Maartje Janse (Leiden): “The King had Never Received a Petition Like this One”: Dutch 19th Century Petitioning Practices in Transnational Perspective

Dr. Henry Miller (Manchester): Democracy, Representation and Petitioning in the Long 19th Century

1-1.45pm Lunch

1.45-3.15pm Panel 2: Local Cultures of Petitioning

Dr. Richard Huzzey (Liverpool): Abolition, Petitioning and Prosopography in Plymouth

Sami Pinabarsi (Manchester): Manchester and its Anti-Slavery Petitions, 1787-1806

Dr. Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire): The Lancashire petitions for parliamentary reform, 1816-17

3.15-45pm: Refreshments

3.45-5.15pm Panel 3: Petitioning in the Age of Revolutions

Dr. Diego Palacios Cerezales (Stirling): Petitioning and Revolution in Spain, 1808-68

Dr. Michelle Orihel (Southern Utah University): Kentucky Jacobins?: Transatlantic Republicanism and Western Remonstrances to the Washington Administration, c. 1793-94

Dr. Yann-Arzel Durelle-Marc (Université Paris 13): Constancy and Difference in Petitioning in Revolutions in the Atlantic World, 17-19th Century


Keynote, room tbc

Prof. David Zaret (Indiana): Petition and Response in Pre-Modern Eurasia


Dinner, Evuna, Deansgate

Tuesday, 30 June

Simon Building, 4A/4.63 (subject to change)

9.45am Refreshments

10-11.30am Panel 4: Petitioning and the Languages of Identity

Prof. James Jaffe (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater): The Languages of Petitioning in Colonial India

Prof. Mark Knights (Warwick): Was There a Right to Petition?

Dr. Benoit Agnes (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): Shaping Feminine Identity through Female Petitions: An Anglo-French Comparison, 1814-48

11.30-12 Refreshments

12-1pm Panel 5: Roundtable: Future Directions for Research

Prof. Daniel Carpenter (Harvard)

Prof. Malcolm Chase (Leeds)

Prof. Mark Knights (Warwick)

Prof. David Zaret (Indiana)

Chair: Dr. Henry Miller (Manchester)

1-2pm Lunch


Any queries please email Henry Miller at


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