Conferences & Workshops

Imaginations and Configurations of Polish Society – From the Middle Ages through the 20th Century - English

International Conference, Halle/Leipzig, October 22-24, 2014

Organizers: Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies in cooperation with Instytut Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk (IH PAN) Warsaw and GWZO Leipzig





Wednesday, October 22

Conference venue:  Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle

1:00 pmWelcome & IntroductionYvonne Kleinmann (Halle)
Panel I: Political Rule and Medieval Society in the Polish Lands: An Anthropologically Inspired Revision
1:20 pmIntroductionZbigniew Dalewski (Warsaw/ Białystok); Jürgen Heyde (Halle/ Leipzig)
-3:10 pm
Performances and Perceptions of the Nobility in Medieval PolandDaniel Bagi (Budapest)
Vikings or Slavs - The Archeological Interpretation of the Early Piast Period and Its Multidisciplinary DilemmaWiebke Rohrer (Heilbronn)
Coffee/ Tea Break

-5:00 pm
Spaces of Communication: Patterns in Medieval and Early-Modern Polish TownsUrszula Sowina (Warsaw)
                             “The Baptism of Poland”: Power, Institution and Theology in the Shaping of Monarchy and Society (10th–12th c.)Stanisław Rosik (Wrocław)
-5:30 pm  
Comment on the Session & General DiscussionChristian Lübke (Leipzig)
6:00 pmReceptionIZEA (Interdisziplinäres Zentrum zur Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung)
7:00 pm

Keynote Lecture (IZEA Library): How Polish is Polish History?

Moshe Rosman (Bar Ilan)

Thursday, October 23

Conference Venue: Franckesche Stiftungen, Halle

Panel II: Multiple Loyalities: Coexistence of Political, Territorial and Religious Self-Conceptions in Early Modern Communities

9:00 amIntroductionYvonne Kleinmann (Halle); Tomasz Wiślicz-Iwańczyk (Warsaw)
-10:50 am      
Transnational Nobility in the Polish-German Borderlands. The Loyalties of Boguslaw Radziwill (1620-1669)Karin Friedrich (Aberdeen)
Political Discourses of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: An Attempt at Description Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz (Warsaw)
               Coffee/ Tea Break

-12:40 am
Competing Loyalties of Jews in Private Towns of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: The Case of Sluck Maria Cieśla (Warsaw)
Confessional Fractionalization of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 18th Century. New Perspectives in Historical Geography


Bogumił Szady (Lublin)
- 1:10 pm

Comment on the Session & General Discussion

Michael G. Müller (Halle)
Conference Venue: GWZO Leipzig

6:00 pm

Welcome at the GWZO Leipzig

Christian Lübke (Leipzig)


Friday, October 24

9:00 amPanel III: Facing a Fantasy: Concepts of Community in the Imperial Setting of the 19th Century

             IntroductionDietlind Hüchtker (Halle/Leipzig); Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Wasaw)
-10:50 am
On the Frontiers of the Former Rzeczpospolita: Polish Theater and Society versus Empire-Nation Relations in 19th-Century KyivOstap Sereda (Lviv)
 Reform from Above, and Politics from Below. Peasants in the Prussian Part of PolandKarsten Holste (Halle)
                                                          Coffee/ Tea Break

-12:40 am
The Vision of the Enlightened Jew in 19th-Century Europe: The Case of the Maskilic Community of Vilna Lara Lempertiene (Vilnius)
 Identity under Scrutinity: The First World War in Local CommunitiesMaciej Górny (Warsaw)
-1:10 pm
Comment on the Session & General DiscussionHalina Beresnevičiūtė-Nosálová (Brno)

Panel IV: Counter-Narratives of the 20th Century? - Re-Configurations of Local Society under Conditions of Migration, Violence and Transformation

2:20 pmIntroductionDobrochna Kałwa (Warsaw); Katrin Steffen (Lüneburg)
-4:10 pm 
Bearers of Local Stories: Memory of the Eastern Borderlands (kresy) and Reconsideration of the Historcal RecordOlga Linkiewicz (Warsaw)
Migration, Society and Memory: Two Small Towns in the ziemia zachodnie after 1945Katarzyna Woniak (Berlin)
Coffee/ Tea Break

-6:00 pm
The Plundering of German Property and the Reconstruction of Social Order in Central Europe after 1945Kornelia Kończal (Florence)
Translating Karl Dedecius: Łódź, Historical Politics, and the Translocal Re-Configuration of Violence and MigrationWinson Chu (Milwaukee)
-6:30 pm
Comment on the Session & General DiscussionJan Kusber (Mainz)
-7:00 pm
Final DiscussionDietlind Hüchtker (Halle/ Leipzig); Yvonne Kleinmann (Halle); Tomasz Wiślicz-Iwańczyk (Warsaw); Joachim von Puttkamer (Jena) & others


Venue: October 22-23,  Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle Haus 1 (Amerika-Zimmer)Franckeplatz 1D-06110 Halle (Saale)October 22 - KeynoteIZEA Library (Zweigbibliothek Europäische Aufklärung)Franckeplatz 1Haus 54D-06110 Halle (Saale)October 24Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO)Reichsstr. 4-6Specks Hof (Eingang A)D-04109 Leipzig