The Third International Congress of Polish History. Panel: Religious denominations and cultures. Tolerance: a historiographical myth or an element of reality?

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Call for Papers
October 11, 2017 to October 14, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies

The Third International Congress of Polish History

Panel: Religious denominations and cultures. Tolerance – a historiographical myth or an element of reality?

Organisers of the Congress:  the Polish Historical Society, Krakow Branch; the Department of History of the Jagiellonian University; the Department of History and Archival Science, the Pedagogical University in Krakow

Location: Krakow, the Jagiellonian University

Organisers of the panel: Prof. Adam Kazmierczyk (the Jagiellonian University, Krakow), Prof. Waldemar Kowalski (the Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce)

            The goal of this panel is a discussion focusing on religious tolerance and intolerance in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (the paradigm of a “state without stakes”); to assess trends of coexistence and conflict between adherents of different faiths from the perspective of today's historiography. The following issues are proposed for further analysis:

  • the late “confessionalization” of the nobility and its impact on the situation of religious minorities at local, regional and state levels
  • the importance of the geographical factor in defining religious minorities, ethnic and religious belonging
  • neighbours of different social strata and religions and their coexistence in local communities
  • the policy of the Catholic Church against dissenters and non-Christians in light of changing social, political and economic conditions
  • patterns, objectives and the effectiveness of religious propaganda visible in the monuments of culture, works of art and the literature of the epoch

Please send abstracts of the proposed papers (300-500 words) to Adam Kaźmierczyk ( and Waldemar Kowalski ( The deadline for submitting paper abstracts is 15th September 2016. Acceptance decisions for the suggested panel presentations will have been announced by 1st October  2016.

Attending the conference will be free of charge. The organisers will provide accommodation for all contributors to the panel. Depending on the Congress’s final budget, support for travel expenses may be available.


Contact Info: 

Prof. Waldemar Kowalski

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