Conference Religious and ethnic diversity in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from a comparative perspective

DHI Warschau / IH PAN Warszawa
19.06.2017-21.06.2017, Warschau, Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau, Al. Ujazdowskie 39, Warszawa
Deadline: 28.02.2017

German Historical Institute in Warsaw in cooperation with The Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences International Conference

Religious and ethnic diversity in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from a comparative perspective
19-21 June 2017, Warsaw

Religious tolerance and its shortcomings in the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania remain a subject of intense scholarly investigation. Moreover, the relatively peaceful coexistence of various religious and ethnic groups in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth nourishes the imagination of journalists and politicians, though in the popular discourse and the official narratives the historical complexity of the matter all to often devolves into clichés. All in all, throughout the last five decades since the first publication of the highly inspiring yet also controversial Janusz Tazbir's book "The State Without Stakes" the topic of "Polish-Lithuanian tolerance" has become not only an academic, but also a public matter. 

The numerous scholarly studies on the subject present various methodological approaches and refer to a wide range of sources. Most researches, however, focus on protestant communities; less attention has been devoted to the functions of the Orthodox, Greek-Catholic (Ruthenian), and Jewish communities in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Historians need to fill in those gaps in order to provide a fuller picture of this multireligious society. 

The conference will provide a platform for a debate on the coexistence of different religious groups (Protestants, Orthodox, Greek - Catholic, Ruthenian, Jews, Tatars) in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Its aim is to encourage comparative studies across the Central Eastern Europe in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period  and critically assess the existent methodologies and historiography. Hence, the conference will be divided into three sections: 

- historiographical -providing a critical review of the existent historiography,
- methodological - focused on a revision of research methods in the field and proposing innovations,
- historical - devoted to current historical research on religious diversity in the late medieval and early modern Central Eastern Europe,

We invite scholars representing various historical disciplines to submit proposals under one of the headings. Presentations devoted to understudied religious groups; those focused on intergroup relations, or comparative in character; and those exploring multi- or interdisciplinary approaches will be especially welcome. 

The conference will be held in English and Polish Abstract proposals of no less than 250 and no more than 500 words should be sent to:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 28.02. 2017 Notification of acceptance: 15.03.2017 Conference venue: German Historical Institute in Warsaw, Aleje Ujazdowskie 39.

19 June 2017 - 21 June 2017