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Multicultural Commonwealth: Diverse Identities in Poland-Lithuania

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William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College

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A free, one-day conference on the extraordinary diversity of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, an early modern state that integrated various different ethnic groups, cultures, languages and religions, often with relative mutual respect and tolerance. At the same time, diversity also led to conflicts and controversies. The conference will include Polish, Lithuanian, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Jewish, German and Ottoman perspectives on the Commonwealth.


Speakers will include some of the most distinguished names in scholarship and creative work on the Commonwealth:


Norman Davies, St Anthony's College, Oxford

Karin Friedrich, University of Aberdeen

Robert Frost, University of Aberdeen

Tomasz Grusiecki, Central European University

Leszek Korporowicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Simon Lewis, Freie Universität Berlin

Olenka Pevny, University of Cambridge

Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, novelist and art historian

Magda Teter, Fordham University


Guests are very welcome to attend the entire day or just selected sessions. We will provide coffee and tea for all attendees during the coffee breaks. Attendees should make their own arrangements for lunch.


10:00am – 10:45am: Coffee

10:45am – 11:00am: Welcome and Introduction: Stanley Bill.


11:00am – 12:30pm: Session 1

Leszek Korporowicz: Bridging Cultural Diversity: Axiological Roots of the Jagiellonian Commonwealth.

Karin Friedrich: ‘Into hell, where a third of all devils speak German’: The Polish Reformation between Wittenberg and the Torun Colloquy of 1645.

Magda Teter: How Jewish is Polish History?


12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch Break


1:30pm – 3:00pm: Session 2

Olenka Pevny: Restaging Orthodoxy: Metropolitan Peter Mohyla’s renovation of medieval churches in early-modern Kyiv.

Tomasz Grusiecki: Ottomanisation as Europeanisation: Polish-Lithuanian Costume and the Search for a Shared Past.

Robert Frost: Competitive Cosmography: Observations on Maciej Miechowita's Treatise on the Two Sarmatias.


3:00pm – 3:30pm: Coffee


3:30pm – 5:00pm: Session 3

Kristina Sabaliauskaitė: Reconstructing 17th- and 18th-Century Wilno in a Novel: Silva Rerum as a Multilingual Chorus of Cultures and Narratives.

Simon Lewis: Belarus and the Commonwealth: Between Diversity and Difference.

Norman Davies: National Perspectives on a Multinational Commonwealth.


5:00pm – 5:30pm: Final Discussion


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