April 1, 2018 at 8:45 pm

George Washington Forum | International Conference on Voting, April 13–14

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The George Washington Forum presents an international conference on Voting: A History on April 13–14 from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Faculty Commons, Alden Library third floor.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from Europe, North and South America to consider the theory and practice of voting. James Ceaser (Virginia), Hedwig Richter (Hamburg) and Yascha Mounk (Harvard) and will deliver plenary lectures.

This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions.

Friday, April 13

Conference Welcome (8:45–9 a.m.)

Session I (9–10:30 a.m.)

  • Hedwig Richter (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung), A Shared Transnational History of Voting: Democracy in Europe and the USA in the Nineteenth Century
  • James Ceaser (University of Virginia), The Populist Moment

Session II (10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)

  • Michael Hawley (University of Notre Dame), The Semblance of Liberty? The Problem of the Ballot in Cicero’s Republicanism
  • Chris Barker (Southwestern University), One Person, Several Votes? JS Mill’s Challenges to Voting Egalitarianism
  • Gustavo Hessmann Dalaqua (University of Sao Paulo), The Open Ballot and the Ethics of Voting in John Stuart Mill and José de Alencar

Session III (2–3:30 p.m.)

  • Jay Dow (University of Missouri, Columbia), The Emergence of Routinized Elections in the Early Republic
  • Luke Blaxill (University of East Anglia), Perceptions of New Voters in Britain by Political Parties, 1868– 1922: A Text Mining Analysis
  • Gideon Cohn-Postar (Northwestern University), We Have to Vote as the Boss Man Tells Us: Economic Voter Intimidation in Gilded Age America, 1873–1900

Session IV (3:45–4:45 p.m.)

  • Willibald Sonnleitner (El Colegio de México), Sub-national varieties of voting: Mexico’s transformations from post-revolutionary regime to democratic dis-order
  • Xiaowei Zheng (University of California, Santa Barbara), Building a Republic without Revolution: Pu Dianjun and his Endeavours for a Constitutional China, 1911–1925

Saturday, April 14

Session V (9:30–10:30 a.m.)

  • Robert Nyenhuis (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), Providing an Electoral Voice to the Politically Disillusioned: The Effect of Populist Presidential Candidates on Invalid Voting in Latin America
  • Zoé Kergomard (German Historical Institute of Paris), Laziness or contestation? Political actors and the rise of abstention in post-war Switzerland

Session VI (10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)

  • Heather Pangle (Boston College), The Conditions and Consequences of the Expanded Franchise: Alexis de Tocqueville and J.S. Mill on the Possibilities for Democracy in Nineteenth-Century France and England
  • Sean Beienburg (Lehigh University), State Constitutional Interpretation and Black Suffrage: How the American States Debated the 15th Amendment through the Blair Bill, Lodge Bill and National Prohibition
  • Wim de Jong (University of Utrecht), Embattled ballots: early mass democracy and the attempts to ‘clean’ elections in the Netherlands, 1893–1917

Session VII (2–3 p.m.)

  • Dawn Teele (University of Pennsylvania), Understanding the Gender Voting Gap in the Era of Women’s Suffrage
  • Don Inbody (Texas State University), War, Politics and the Soldier Vote

Session VII (3:15–4 p.m.)

  • Yascha Mounk (Harvard), TBA


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