The study of political union in the late medieval and early modern periods is too often carried out within a conceptual framework derived from models of national statebuilding, in which the unitary nation state is seen as the goal of political development and individual unions are studied in isolation. This conference takes political union out of the national framework and explores the forces that created, sustained, and broke political unions in a comparative framework.
Preliminary schedule (subject to change)
Thursday, September 19
6 pm Plenary lecture
The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569
Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen
7:30 pm Reception
At the Consulate General of the Polish Republic, 1530 North Lake Shore Drive
Friday, September 20
9 am: Session 1, Concepts of Union
The Concept of the Kalmar Union within Scandinavian Historiography
Ulster and the Anglo-Scottish Union
The Ideological Origins of United States Federalism
10:30 am: Coffee
11 am: Session 2, Making Unions 1: The Origins of Unions
Imagining Union: Britain as a Kingdom in the Middle Ages
The Origins of the Kalmar Union
What to Make of the Burgundian Union? Reactions to the Onset of Valois Rule in the Duchies of Brabant and Luxembourg
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Session 3, Making Unions 2: The Process of Union
The Burgundian Union
Mazovia and the Polish-Lithuanian Union
France as a Composite State
3 pm: Coffee
3:30 pm: Session 4, Union States: Centralism and Autonomy
Ruthenians and the Union of Lublin (1569): The Question of Ruthenian Autonomy
Union’s Empire and Empire’s Unions:The Uniting of the Kingdoms and Its Meanings for Empire in the Eighteenth-Century British World
6 pm: Keynote Lecture
Title to be announced
7:30 pm: Reception
Saturday, September 21
9 am: Session 5, Breaking and Remaking Unions
The Kalmar Union
Union and Disunion: Ireland and the English State, 1641-1660
Ukraine and Poland-Lithuania
10:30 am: Coffee
11 am: - 12:30 pm: Roundtable discussion
Sponsored by the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies; the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library; the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen; the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen; and the Consulate General of the Polish Republic in Chicago.
Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required.
Register online here. Registrations will be processed through 10 am Wednesday, September 18.