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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Polymorphic Commonwealth: Cultural Transfers in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania


26-27 September 2022

Gordon Cameron Lecture Theatre,

Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge


A two-day conference for postgraduate students, featuring leading experts as discussants, organised by Cambridge postgraduate students Stepan Blinder and Stanisław Banach with the support of Cambridge Polish Studies, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES), and the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund.

Also streaming live on Zoom:


DAY ONE: September 26

10:45 AM–12:15 PM: Keynote Lecture
Natalia Nowakowska (Somerville College, University of Oxford)
From ‘tribe’ to ‘dynasty’ – Globalising the Jagiellonians of Central Europe, C. 1377-1596

1:00 PM–2:45PM: Panel One
The Spatial Fluidity Of Early Modern Transfers:Interconnecting Global And Local

DISCUSSANT: Olenka Z. Pevny (Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge)

John Freeman (Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge)
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Atlantic Colonialism: An Investigation into the Entanglements of the Duchy of Courland’s Expansion

Jan Blonski (European University Institute)
Spaces of Social Encounters. Taverns in the Early Modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as Intermediaries Between Local and Global

Natalia Woszczyk (European University Institute)
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as a Haven for Heretics? The Emotive History of Bohemian Religious Refugees in Early Modern Poznań

3:30 PM–5:20 PM: Panel Two
Textualization As A Mediator Of Cultural Exchange

DISCUSSANT: Ihor Teslenko (Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge)

Ladislas Latoch (Sorbonne University/University of Warsaw)
A Conditioned Transfer: Strangers’ Attitudes towards Polish-Lithuanian Public Culture and Sociability in the First Decade of the Commonwealth

Jan Květina (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
‘Not Sodom and Gomorrah, but Heaven on Earth’: Early Modern Concept of Otherness in the Polish-Lithuanian Republican Propaganda

Sergii Bagro (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
Between Res Publica and Res Privata: Opposition of Public and Private Spheres in the Political Rhetoric of the Zaporizhzhya Host
of the Second Half of the 17th – Early 18th Centuries 


DAY TWO: September 26

7:45 AM–9:00 AM: Panel Three
Transferring Practices

DISCUSSANT Maria Grazia Bartolini (University of Milan)

Barbara Dzierżanowska (University of Warsaw)
Ruthenian Songs of Persuasion: Poetical Means of Religious and Political Transfer in the 17th-18th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Ewelina Sikora (Central European University)
Sarmatism à la Cosmopolitan? Parallels, Inspirations, and Influences in Polish-Lithuanian Cuisine in the Late Seventeenth Century

Bogdan Pavlish (Northwestern University)
Early Church History on the Stage of the Armenian Theatre in Lviv, 1668-1669

11:45 AM–12:30 PM: Closing Discussion
Does Poland-Lithuania Have A Global History Of Cultural Exchanges?