Defining the Identity of the Younger Europe

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Call for Papers
April 6, 2022 to April 8, 2022
Massachusetts, Poland
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, European History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology



International Conference 

Defining the Identity of the Younger Europe


Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland)

April 7–8, 2022


The conference is being organized to inaugurate a new monographic series, Brill’s Research Perspectives in Early Modern Cultures of the Younger Europe (RPYES).


The RPYES series of short monographs will offer results of the most recent interdisciplinary and comparative research on the early modern history of diverse cultures of what we call “the younger Europe.” It will discuss key historiographical questions and acquaints scholars with primary sources and the existing scholarship in order to indicate new perspectives for further investigations. Thus, the volumes in this series will be both an invaluable reference for scholars wishing to draw on the latest research as well as a helpful resource for teaching. The series will cover those European peoples that—due to their relatively late Christianization around 1000 CE—entered the Greco–Roman orbit with the burden of several centuries of delay. They defined their identities both in the context of their new civilizational aspirations and a strong sense of otherness. We call them “the younger Europe,” borrowing the term from historian Jerzy Kłoczowski, although we define this geo-political space with a wider perspective than the eminent Polish historian had by referring to the mental mapping, which was distinctive of early modernity and which juxtaposed the classical-humanistic South with the mysterious and “barbarian” North. The Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment led to essential re-orientation of this cognitive map and contributed to the creation of yet another civilizational opposition: East–-West. As we find the latter construct anachronistic, we refrain from it by defining “the younger Europe” as the vast Scandinavian–Baltic–Slavic–Hungarian–Balkan part of the continent without underplaying the specificity of its cultures that emerged between the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the rise of industrial societies at the dawn of the nineteenth century. 

As we are planning the first volume of the series, this conference will address the question of the shared identity of the Younger Europe in the context of its religious, philosophical, linguistic and literary, political, and artistic movements, among others.

Email your paper proposal by November 30, 2021 to Invited papers will need to be submitted before the conference and will be discussed during its sessions.


Mirosława Hanusiewicz-Lavallee

Robert Aleksander Maryks 

Katarzyna Meller 

Piotr Urbański


Contact Info: 

Professor Robert A. Maryks

Institute of Classical Philology

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

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