Colloque : Community, Identity, Individuals

Shaping the (Political) Nation in Premodern Europe (400-1800)

3-5 mai 2023


Wednesday, May 3, 2023


8:30-9:00 Coffee

9:00-9:15: Welcoming speech


9:15-9:45: Eloïse Adde (CEU, Vienna, AT) Introduction


1. Before or without the nation


9:45-10:15: Patrick Geary (IAS, Princeton, US) The Pre-History of the Medieval Nation: from the Imperium Romanum to Regna in Late Antiquity (400-800) 

10:15-10:45: Daniel Ziemann (CEU, Vienna, AT) From Bulgars to Bulgarians – The Problem of National Identity in the First Bulgarian Realm (681-1018)


10:45-11:15: Break


11:15-11:45: Igor Mineo (University of Palermo, IT) A nationless space? Autonomies and state building processes in the Italian peninsula

11:45-12:15: Michael Depreter (University of Oxford, UK)  From merchant to soldier: what is in a nation? 


12:15-13:45 : LUNCH


2. The sources of the nation. Imperial idea, confession, regions


13:45-14:15: Przemysław Wiszewski (university of Wroclaw, PL) Medieval communities on the border. Catalonia, Silesia, and Transylvania - on the verge between nation and regional community

14:15-14:45: Daniel Bagi (ELTE Budapest, HU) Nation building, regional identity in the Styrian Rhymed Chronicle of Otacher aus der Gaal


14:45-15:15: Break


15:15-15:45: Len Scales (University of Durham, UK) “For love of you I have given up my Saxons and all Germans.” Emperors, Rome, and nation

15:45-16:15: Mikhail V. Dmitriev Natio and confessio in medieval Rus’:  what was different from medieval Poland and the “Latin” West? ONLINE +2h


16:15-16:45: Break


3. Defining and delimiting national communities. Internal and external forces in interplay


16:45-17:15: Cathleen Sarti (University of Oxford, UK) The Importance of the “Other” – Emerging National Identity in Scandinavia, 1397-1599

17:15-17:45:  Roman Tymoshevskyi (CEU, Vienna, AT) The ruler's depositions and political community in England and Holy Roman Empire, 1298-1327



Thursday, May 3, 2023


3. Defining and delimiting national communities. Internal and external forces in interplay


9:00-9:30: Jakub Razim (Palacký University, Oloumoc, CZ) Excommunication as a tool for shaping a legal and religious community. A case study on a canonical procedure in medieval Bohemia

9:30-10:00: Eric Bousmar (Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles, BE) The Burgundian State Formation from Within and from Below. A view from Hainault: networks, dynasty, and nation in the eyes of the memorialist Jean de Haynin


10:00-10:30 Break


4. Images and symbols of the nation. Between self-perception and (self-) representation


10:30-11:00: Flocel Sabate (University of Lleida, ES) The Catalan nation in the late Middle Ages: perception and representation

11:00-11:30: Mario Damen (University of Amsterdam, NE) The construction and perception of a legal landscape in the late medieval Low Countries


11:30-12:00 Break


12:00-12:30: Marcin R. Pauk (University of Warsaw, PL) Saint patron, peace, and princely jurisdiction: the process of early institutionalization of state power in Central Europe (12th - 13th century) 


12:30-14:00 LUNCH


5. Narration, language(s), history, literature. Nation as a cultural project?


14:00-14:30: Claudia Wittig (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, GE) Administrating History. "National" History and State Building in Later Medieval France

14:30-15:00: Benoît Grévin (CNRS Paris, FR) Natio or lingua? Revisiting a semantic couple (1200-1600)


15:00-15:30: Break


15:30-16:00: Julia Verkholantsev (University of Pennsylvania, USA) The Dynamics of Literary Beginnings and the Question of National Narrative: the Cases of Czech, Polish and Croatian Literatures

16:00-16:30: Arthur Pérodeau (EHESS, Paris, FR) Analyzing the national feeling through the interest in historical works. The spread and reception of Cosmas' chronicle till the beginning of the 13th century

16:30-17:00: Camille Rutsaert (UCLouvain/Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles, BE) Duchesse Joanna (1355-1406) and the idea of a Brabant's Nation. An historical representation or an historiographical construction?


Friday, May 5, 2023


6. The "nation of the individuals". Subjectivity, emotions, stereotypes, expectations


9:00-9:30: Philippe Urfalino (EHESS Paris, FR) The nation, as a collection of individuals

9:30-10:00: Andrzej Pleszczyński (UMCS, Lublin, PL) The genesis and character of the Polish self-stereotype as a determinant of cultural and national identity


10:00-10:30: Break


10:30-11:00: Corinne Levelleux (University of Orleans, FR) Writing law in 13th century France. Between social expectations and political communication 

11:00-11:30: Julia Burkhardt (LMU, Munich, GE) A nation and its foreigners. Discourses and possibilities of political participation in Hungary (1490-1526) ONLINE

11:30-12:00: Michał Machalski (CEU, Vienna, AT) Loyalty and Langauge in Warsaw Trial of 1339


12:00-13:00 Concluding discussion

Shaping the (Political) Nation in Premodern Europe (400-1800)_Program
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IMAFO (Institut für Mittelalterliche Forschung), Austrian Academy of Sciences (Andreas Zajic)

FPPCHA (Fondation pour la protection du patrimoine culturel historique et artisanal), Lausanne (SW)

CRHiDI (Centre de recherches en histoire du droit, des institutions et de la société), Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Brussels (BE)

CEFRES (Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales), Prague (CZ)




CEU (Vienne) - Room A-516


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