25 September 2015

John Paul II and the Slavic idea

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The Slavic idea in the philosophical and political thought of John Paul II has not been profoundly investigated yet and its role in shaping the Pope’s attitude toward countries of Central and Eastern Europe has not been clarified enough. Equally, the tradition of debates on the place and role of the Slavs in the European culture, characterising ideologists, politicians and scholars related to the Slavic idea, has rarely been considered as an important factor in the politics of the Vatican under the rule of John Paul II. So as for his intellectual formation, we assume that it requires an interdisciplinary approach and we address our invitation to researchers representing Slavic studies, theology, political studies, history and other related disciplines of humanities.

We kindly invite you to open a discussion on this aspect of John Paul II’s legacy. We would like to face the subject from three main perspectives: history of ideas, related to the Slavic studies, theology and philosophy of politics. Among major themes of discussions and papers, we propose these ideas to be considered by participants:

  • place of the Slavic idea and identity in the political vision of the reconstruction of Central and Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 1990s
  • interpretation of the cyrillo-methodian legacy in the works of John Paul II
  • reconstruction of history and historiographical narratives about Slaves and their role in history
  • place of 19th century Polish philosophy in the philosophical formation of Karol Wojtyła
  • vision of the Russian and Orthodox church in the light of the Slavic idea, as it was formulated in Catholic academic and political centres
  • pilgrimages, visits and debates of John Paul II with Slavic countries and communities
  • Slavic identity in the light of the discourse analysis and linguistic research.

We hope that our invitation will give an opportunity to share some ideas on the problem. The conference would be, above all, a place to discuss the subjects proposed in this call for participation, to present research and approaches from various perspectives.The conference will take place on 3rd and 4th December 2015 in Warsaw.

Declarations of will to participate with papers, together with short abstracts, should be submitted via email to the address:konferencjajp2(at) before 15th October. The participation fee is 400 PLN (100 PLN for PhD students).

If you have any questions concerning the details of the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact Info: 

PhD Maciej Falski

Institute of Western and Southern Slavic Studies

University of Warsaw

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Source: H-net

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