Sandbjerg Gods, Sønderborg, Denmark, 7 – 9 January 2013
Historical research in recent years has begun to study the transformation and reshaping of political representation across the 20th century in context of the establishment and development of international organisations and European integration. The political history of various groups of political representatives interacting at the international and European levels has so far been fairly well researched. By contrast, the social, cultural and transnational history of actors such as diplomats, civil servants and politicians – historically seen as the classical state representatives – is still in its infancy. This conference aimed, first, to bring together doctoral students exploring the social, cultural and transnational histories of core actors and groups in political representation in the context of international organisations and European integration across the 20th century. Secondly, it aimed to facilitate discussion between doctoral students and senior researchers about new findings as well as strategies in research design and methodologies, theoretical and conceptual questions relating to the historical study of change in political representation, and on (inter-) disciplinary inspiration.