Program

Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies , East European Studies Program Travel Grants

Project

Disputing Identity, Territoriality, and Sovereignty: Constructing Historical Memory in Poland and the Ordensstaat

Project

Neither in Nor of the Kingdom of Poland: The Fourteenth-Century Trials between Poland and the Teutonic Knights and the Actualization of the Teutonic Ordensstaat

Department

History

Disputing Identity, Territoriality, and Sovereignty: Constructing Historical Memory in Poland and the Ordensstaat

During the fourteenth century social memories of an earlier borderland society in Poland were buried under created memories of “bordered lands,” in which hardened political and cultural identities began to coincide with rigidly defined secular and ecclesiastical boundaries. My dissertation examines how and why these new historical traditions were constructed and accepted and what this can teach us about the construction of group identity today. As Europe enters what some scholars call a “new middle ages” in which supranational and transnational institutions again compete with the nation-state’s role in governance and collective identity formation, I hope my research can help to open new avenues of inquiry into the current processes of European integration.

Neither in Nor of the Kingdom of Poland: The Fourteenth-Century Trials between Poland and the Teutonic Knights and the Actualization of the Teutonic Ordensstaat

"The Trials of the Teutonic Order State with its Neighbors in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: Political Thought and its Centers of Formation," Institute of History and Archival Sciences, Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, Torun and Zamek Bierzglowski, Poland, organized by Wieslaw Sieradzan and Aleksandra Lenartowicz.