Presentation on theme: "Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus"— Presentation transcript:
1Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus Mosaic of Ethnic and Religious Communities in the 21st Century Eastern PolandPoland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus
2Family history Vilnus, Vil’nius, Wilno, Vil’nia, Vilne, Wilna, Vilnius Lviv, L’viv, Lwów, L’vou, L’vov, Lemberik, LembergHusakow (Mościska), Galizien, Austria; later Hussakow (Mościska), Lwow, Poland; now Husakiv, Mostys′ka, L′viv, Ukraine
3Introduction Sentimentalism, roots and roots of sentimentalism Critical approach to familyhistoryCritical approach to national‘Que’est-ce qu’une nation?’(Ernest Renan)Primordialism andperennialismModernismEthno-symbolism
4Jus Sanguinis vs. Jus Solis Changes in political influenceImpact of war and regimeresettlements in different periodsSocio-economic factorsReligious tolerance under successive governmentsCultural exchange
5Where do I begin? Obstacles on the path of each researcher
6Strategies and Methodology Choosing theories“A good theory explains important phenomena: it answers questions that matter to the wider world, or it helps answer such questions” (Stephen Van Evera, 1997; 19)Case selection“The more cases or examples that are studied, the more likely that common causes can be found and generalizations made. Political events are often clarified and illuminated by comparison with similar events and processes in other contexts” (Burnham, Gilland, Grant, Leyton-Henry, 2004:55)Process TracingArchival research and interviews with academics from University of Wroclaw, University of Opole, and other national, and local institutions.
7Where the East meets the West Language“For every nation is one people, having its own natural form, as well as its own language (…) and originality of [national] characters extends to families” (Herder, 1968:7).Role of language increating and recreating:Ukrainian nationalismLithuanian nationalismBelorussian nationalism“The new intelligentsia of nationalism had to invite masses into history (…), the invitation card had to be written in the language they all understood” (Anderson, 1983:80).
8Religion & Cultural Heritage Role of religion and cultural heritage in preservation of identity of the local communitiesLithuanians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Tartars, Germans, Lemkos, and other communitiesReligious communities of eastern Poland: Catholics, Eastern rite,Byzantine rite, Greek Catholic, Sunni Islam
9Aims for the future research Establishing what the communities lost and what they gained will give a wider perspective of globalisation in the EastTo present multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies within the rural regions of eastern frontier of European Unionto present whether modern developments in the fields of economy, science and philosophy allowed those communities to preserve their traditions or exchange them for modern thought and solutionsTo reconstruct multicultural pattern of societies in different periods of historyTo preserve family histories and cultural artefacts remaining in the regions of Mazury, Podlasie, Podkarpacie, and other regions on the territories of Poland, Lithuania, Russian Federal District of Kaliningrad, Belarus and Ukraine