06 October 2017

The Third Congress of International Researchers of Polish History

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“The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: History – Memory – Legacy” is the guiding theme of the congress, which will be held between 11–14 October in Kraków. Co-organizers of the event include the Polish History Museum.

The congress is a cyclic meeting held every five years, for researchers from across the world who study Polish history, culture, arts and science. Around 600 participants from almost 30 countries will take part in the congress. The main organizer is the Kraków branch of the Polish Historical Association.

The aim, according to the theme this edition of the congress, is to gather scholars in one place and at one time who are interested in the phenomena of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: what it was, how it has been memorialized through subsequent eras, as well as which consequences or manifestations from its existence are to be seen in the later histories of Poland, Lithuania and the remaining countries who once found themselves within its sphere of influence.

The discussions will be grouped in special thematic sections, which will be divided into panels. During the conference, participants will look at the phenomena of the Polish-Lithuanian state, in an attempt to answer several important questions: to what extent was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a unique state, and to what degree was its history similar to the histories of neighboring states, and of other European or world states? An important point for deliberation will be questions surrounding the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its presence in the consciousness of national groups inhabiting its territory – Belarusians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Germans, Russians, Ukrainians and Jews.

Not only historians but also representatives from other fields of human and social studies, various academic disciplines and institutions supporting research, giving grants and scholarships, will take part in the congress. Also present will be students, PhDs, museum staff, journalists and other people for whom researching and studying Polish history is important. 

“The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: a Legacy that Unites or Divides?” is the title of a session on the final day, moderated by Prof. Michał Kopczyński (Polish History Museum) and Igor Kąkolewski. Researchers from Lithuania will take part in it.

For the third time during the congress, the competition Pro Historia Polonorum for the best historical book published in a foreign language about the history of Poland or the Eastern European region (in connection to ties with Poland) will be awarded. 

For the program of the congress as a pdf download.

The official site of the congress here.

Organizers: the Polish Historical Association, the Jagiellonian University, the Pedagogical University of Cracow.

Co-organizers: the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish History Museum, the International Culture Centre.

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