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Conference on Union and Disunion

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Comparing Political Unions in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World, 1350-1801
Thursday, September 19, 2013Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ruggles Hall

Organized by Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen
Center for American History and Culture Programs
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

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 schema and explores the forces that created, sustained, and broke political unions in a comparative context.


Thursday, September 19

6 pm: Plenary lecture

The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569
Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen

7 - 7:50 pm: Reception

Friday, September 20

8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast

9 am: Session 1. Concepts of Union

Chair: Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen

The Monarchical Union of Monarchical Unions: How Composite Was the Habsburg Composite State?

Petr Mat’a, University of Vienna

Ulster and the Anglo-Scottish Union

James Smyth, University of Notre Dame

Federalism and Union in the Early Nineteenth-Century United States

Alison LaCroix, University of Chicago

10:30 am: Coffee

11 am: Session 2. Making Unions 1: The Origins of Unions

Chair: Graeme Small, University of Durham

Regnal Sovereignty and the Creation of Unions in the Thirteenth Century: Some Scottish Examples

Dauvit Broun, University of Glasgow

The Origins of the Kalmar Union

Jens E. Olesen, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald

What to Make of the Burgundian Union? Reactions to the Onset of Valois Rule in the Duchies of Brabant and Luxembourg

Pit Peporte, University of Luxembourg

12:30 pm: Catered lunch provided for all attendees

1:30 pm: Session 3. Making Unions 2: The Process of Union

Chair: Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow

The Burgundian Union

Graeme Small, University of Durham

The Role of Parliament in the Integration of Mazovia into the Kingdom of Poland

Jola Choińska-Mika, University of Warsaw

France as a Composite State

Jim Collins, Georgetown University

3 pm: Coffee

3:30 pm: Session 4. Union States: Centralism and Autonomy

Chair: Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen

Habsburg Monarchy

William O’Reilly, University of Cambridge

Ruthenians and the Union of Lublin, 1569: The Question of Ruthenian Autonomy

Karol Mazur, University of Warsaw

Union’s Empire and Empire’s Unions:The Uniting of the Kingdoms and Its Meanings for Empire in the Eighteenth-Century British World

Ned Landsman, SUNY Stony Brook

Saturday, September 21

8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast

9 am: Session 5. Breaking and Remaking Unions

Chair: Jim Collins, Georgetown University

The Kalmar Union

Biörn Tjällén, University of Bergen

Union and Disunion: Ireland and the English State, 1641-1660

Micheál Ó Siochrú, Trinity College Dublin

Ukraine and Poland-Lithuania

Frank E. Sysyn, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

10:30 am: Coffee

11 am: - 12:30 pm: Roundtable discussion

Chair: Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen

Thomas Bartlett, University of Aberdeen
Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago
Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow

Sponsored by the Centre for Early Modern Studies and the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen; the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies; the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library; the University of Notre Dame; and the Consulate General of the Replubic of Poland in Chicago; and supported by the British Academy and the Wolfson Foundation.

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.

Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required.