Croatian humanists in Renaissance Krakow

2017-10-19, 6:00 p.m.
October 19 (Thursday), 6:00 p.m.Croatian humanists in Renaissance Krakow
Meeteing with Dr. Maciej Czerwiński and Dr. Zwonimir Milanović

The meeting will address Croatian-Polish cultural relations in the 15th and 16th century. During the Jagiellonian reign, Krakow became one of the largest European cultural centres. Due to the fact that the members of the Jagiellonian dynasty ruled also in the Kingdom of Hungary and Croatia, many clerics, humanists, future state officials and diplomats from Croatia studied at the Royal Academy (the present Jagiellonian University), and most of them took important positions on the court and on the highest levels of Polish society and the Catholic Church.

Join us after the meeting for the exhibition opening of “The Croatian Sabor and Its History” –  an exhibition organised to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the sovereign and independent Republic of Croatia. It was first opened on 19 October 2016, at the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. The exhibition was launched by His Excellency Marek Kuchciński, the Speaker of the Sejm, Her Excellency Andrea Bekić, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Poland, and Tomasz Głogowski MP, the chair of the Polish-Croatian Parliamentary Group. The exhibition, developed by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Warsaw together with the Croatian Historical Institute and the Croatian Sabor, consists of 15 illustrated, bilingual (Polish and Croatian) posters, which present the continuous tradition of Croatian parliamentarianism. For Croatians, Sabor was the institution that provided the foundation and the source of their status as a state and legal entity within the multinational communities to which they belonged for a millennium, before the founding of their independent and sovereign state. A number of posters address the relations between Poles and Croatians in matters of state, legal systems, and dynastic links. 

Dr. Maciej Czerwiński – Slavic philologist, translator, literary critic, employed by the Jagiellonian University. He specialises in the languages, cultures and literatures of the former Yugoslavia, as well as the borderland theory of language and literature, including the issue of historical discourse. He studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where he obtained the title of doctor, and later his post-doctoral habilitation. He carried out part of his doctoral studies at the History Department of Yale University in the USA, where he was a Visiting Assistant Researcher (2003). He obtained a fellowship at the Imre Kertesz Koleg in Jena (2015). He is the author of several books published in Poland and Croatia, as well as many articles and essays, which have been published in “Studia z Filologii Polskiej i Słowiańskiej”, “Pamiętnik Literacki”, “Pamiętnik Słowiański”, and “Stylistyka” as well as numerous South Slavic journals. His articles, taking in literary criticism, have appeared in “Tygodnik Powszechny”, “Znak” and “Herito”. He co-edited the bilingual reprint of the 1881 album “Kraków Zagrzebiowi” (2011), as well as volumes dedicated to Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer and Polish-Croatian connections. He is a member of the editorial team of the Croatian philological journal Fluminesia.

Dr. Zvonimir Milanović
 – philologist, Slavic scholar, graduate of the University of Warsaw. He received his PhD from the Jagiellonian University for a dissertation on the relations between Polish and Croatian humanism during the Renaissance. Lecturer at the University of Pula, fellow of Thesaurus Poloniae programme.

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