International conference



500 years of the first edition of The Psalter by Francysk Skaryna

25th-26th May 2017, Warsaw, Poland

organized by

Department of Intercultural Studies in Central and Eastern Europe

University of Warsaw

It has been 500 years since Francysk Skaryna, Belarusian scholar, translator and printer published in Prague his first book – The Psalter – in the Old Belarusian language. This event had a major influence on East Slavic countries, and is considered an important step in the development of culture of Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the development of printing and old Russian writing culture.

We would like to take this opportunity to discuss historical processes reflected in literature, culture and the media of Central and Eastern European countries from the anthropological perspective. We hope to encourage an inter-disciplinary conversation about the Central and Eastern European cultural heritage as well as future challenges facing societies in the region in the context of the rapid development of new technology and media.

We hope to bring together scholars working in and across various fields of the humanities and social sciences.


Abstracts are invited in the areas mentioned in the following but non-exhaustive list:

  • Contribution of print to the national identity formation processes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Emancipating role of the literary discourse in Central and Eastern Europe: historical and contemporary perspectives
  • The role of artists, intellectuals and social leaders in the development of culture, especially in the context of writing and printing practice in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Artistic expression of national identity (with the special emphasis on performative arts)
  • Transformations of literary language in Central and Eastern Europe and their cultural contexts
  • The past and the present of media in Central and Eastern Europe – an identity perspective
  • New media in countries of Central and Eastern Europe
  • Central and Eastern European media in the face of cyber-warfare – a word as weapon and tool of the everyday politics


Abstracts are welcome at: until: 15th April 2017 (please use the abstract submission form)

Notification of acceptance: 21st April 2017

Conference fee: 400 PLN (or 100 EUR)

Deadline for payment of the conference fee: 10th May 2017 (the bank account number will be send in the notification of acceptance)

Language of the conference: Polish, English, East and West Slavic languages

The conference paper length: 15 minutes

Conference fee includes: the conference proceedings and refreshment breaks (please note that the organizers do not provide accommodation). Organizational committee reserves the right to select abstracts as well as papers considered for publication.

Website of the conference:


Prof. dr hab. Aleksander Wirpsza

dr hab. Joanna Getka

dr hab. Jerzy Grzybowski

dr Marta Brzezińska-Pająk

dr Rostysław Kramar

dr Marcin Niemojewski

mgr Kamil Dwornik