Cultures of Voting in the Mediterranean (ca.1200-1700)

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute for Historical Sciences in Dubrovnik (Zavod za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Dubrovniku)

Dubrovnik, 25-26 April 2014



Friday 25th April– Institute for Historical Sciences, Lapadska obala 6

 9.00-9.15                               Registration           

 9.15-9.45                                Introduction (Serena Ferente and Lovro Kunčević)

 9.45-11.00                              Session One: Florence and Genoa (Chair: Miles Pattenden)

 Lorenzo Tanzini:                   Assembly practices in Florence (read by Lovro Kunčević)

 Serena Ferente:                    Elections and parties in fifteenth-century Genoa

 11.15-12.45                              Session Two: Venice (Chair: Serena Ferente)

 Maartje van Gelder:              Voting for a new doge. The electoral politics of the ducal vacancy in Venice

 Maud Harivel:                        Golden, coloured and linen balls: material aspects of the political elections in the Doge´s palace of Venice

Center for Advanced Academic Studies, Don Frana Bulića 6

14.30-16.00                              Session Three: Dalmatia (Chair: Lovro Kunčević)

 Nella Lonza:                            Cultures of voting in medieval Split: models and practices              

 Zrinka Pešorda:                      Voting and election in the elite Ragusan confraternities of St. Anthony and St. Lazarus  (14th-16th c.)

 16.15-18.30                               Session Four: Mediterranean Monarchies (Chair: Miles Pattenden)

 Pierluigi Terenzi:                    The citizens and the King: Voting and electoral procedures in south-Italian towns under the Aragonese

 Vicent Baydal:                         Voting in the Parliament of Catalonia (14th-16th c.)

Alexander Osipian:                  Voting on the move: elections of caravanbashi by Armenian merchants trading in the Ottoman Empire


Saturday 26th April– Institute for Historical Sciences, Lapadska obala 6

10.00-12.15                               Session Five: Voting in the Church (Chair: Serena Ferente)

Vesselina Vatchkova:               Let's vote for the New World Order: procedural, administrative, legal and ideological dimensions of the Dardanelles meeting in 1235

Alex Russell:                             Popular involvement in ecclesiastical elections: theories and practices in the Western Church (1378 - 1462)

Miles Pattenden:                     Cultures of secrecy in the Papal Conclave

12.30-13.00                         Roundtable Discussion (Chair: Miles Pattenden)


Cultures of Voting in Pre-Modern Europe

King’s College London, Strand Building, S8.08

26 June 2015



10.00   Serena Ferente (King’s College London): Introduction


Chair:   Jinty Nelson (King’s College London)

10.15     Paul Cartledge (Cambridge University): Not Just Voting but Being Counted: the cases of Ancient Greece

11.00     Valentina Arena (University College London): Roman Republican reflections on electoral practices

 11.45     Coffee break

 12.15     Cristina La Rocca and Francesco Veronese (Università di Padova): Cultures of unanimity in Carolingian Councils


 13.00    Lunch Break


 Chair:  Ian McBride (King’s College London)

 14.00   Barbara Bombi (University of Kent): Papal elections in the canonistic tradition from Gratian to John XXII

 14.45     Andrea Guidi (Birkbeck): «Conforme al vivere civile et politico»: Machiavelli's newly discovered proposal for electoral reform in 1512

 16.00   Tea Break

 16.30    Derek Hirst (Washington University in St. Louis): Some Learning Curves in Voting in Seventeenth-Century England

 17.15      Wyger Velema (Universiteit van Amsterdam): Is That All There Is? Voting and Citizenship in the Batavian Revolution 

18.00     Round table discussion

Voting/Democracy: a Public Discussion

King's College London, Strand Building, Eighth Floor Open Space

18 May 2016, 5.30-7.30 pm

Serena Ferente (King's College London)

Colin Crouch (British Academy)

Claudia Chwalisz (Populus)

Peter Kellner (Yougov)