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Judit Pál, Vlad Popovici – The Multifaceted Identity of State and County Officials in Transylvania (19th to early 20th Centuries)

Ana Victoria Sima – Education and Kinship among the Romanian Political Deputies in Transylvania at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

Marius Eppel – Cooperation, Evolution and Personal Relationship within the Transylvanian Orthodox Elite (1867–1918). Case studies

Judit Pál, Vlad Poppovici – Representative assemblies and executive institutions in Transylvania in the aftermath of the First World War (late 1918 to mid 1920)

Alice Velková – Deputies and bureaucrats. Personnel connection of the legislative and executive power in the second half of the 19th century

Ana Victoria Sima – How much did the wives matter? The role of wives and their families in the Transylvanian Romanian deputies political careers (1861–1918)

Vlad Popovici, Angela Cristina Lumezeanu – Facts or Factoids? Employing Digital Prosopography in the Study of Mid- and Upper Classes in Transylvania (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries): Benefits and Caveats

Vlad Popovici – Digital Tools in the Prosopographical and Genealogical Research of Transylvania in the Modern Era

Judit Pál, Vlad Popovici – The Professionalization of the Administrative Elite in Transylvania after 1918

Ovidiu Iudean – Legal Elites and Nation-building in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-century Transylvania

Alice Velková – Remarriage and Stepfamilies of Members of the "New Elites" – Bohemia in the 2nd Half of the 19th Century

International Conference “Political and Administrative Elites in Europe. Theory and Practice in Historical Perspective”

On November 10–12, 2020 our team organized the first conference devoted to the topic of political and administrative elites in Europe. Given the complicated epidemiological situation it had to take place on line. Paradoxically, it rendered the participation easier for some of the international researchers, so that in the end we could boast an exceptionally rich international participation. The conference was opened by András Gerő with a paper on the Hungarian parliament. Further proceedings took place in round tables organized around specific topics.

The first roundtable was entitled “Social mobility of members of parliament” and presentations were given by Franz Adlgasser, Ovidiu Iudean, Igor Vranić, Leo Marić, Stjepan Matković, Cosmin-Ștefan Dogaru and Tomáš Masař. The second round table was dedicated to social mobility of governmental and administrative officials, with presentations by Therese Garstenauer, Katya Vladimirov, Julia Bavouzet, Judith Pál, Dobrinka Parusheva and Andrei Sora. The third panel discussed intellectual elites, nationalism and socialism and papers were presented by Karin Schneider, Stefano Santoro, Ana Victoria Sim and Marius Eppel. The last roundtable focused on digital tools which can be used in the study of social mobility. Matthias Schögl, Kirill Nazarenko, Táňa Dluhošová, Alice Velková, Klára Hulíková Tesárková, Barbora Janáková Kuprová, Angela Lumezeanu, Judit Pál and Vlad Popovici presented their databases and how to work with them.

Not even the difficult conditions of virtual space took away the organizers´ and participants´enthusiasm and a lively debate took place during each of the round tables. The entire meeting served as a source of inspiration, new suggestions and research ideas. We can look forward to selected papers being published in the near future.

For a detailed conference agenda click here.

Abstracts and CVs of the participants can be found here.