• 09.05.2024 - 10.05.2024
  • 🇵🇱 Polen / Toruń
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń and the Malaurie Institute for Arctic Research Monaco-UVSQ at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/ University of Paris Saclay
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The Arctic in Eastern and Central Europe. Knowledge, Perception and Communication in 17th-19th century

The conference asks the general question about the concept of the reception of knowledge from the Arctic in Eastern Europe. Were there differences or similarities in the reception of knowledge from the Arctic in individual Eastern European countries (Royal Prussia, Poland-
Lithuania with Ukraine, Courland, Czech Republic, Hungary) or target groups (e.g. nobility, scholars, representatives of different denominations, representatives of different language communities between German and/or French).

The interest of the conference is to explain the different reasons why various groups – scholars, merchants, newspaper makers or aristocrats – were interested in the Arctic regions, e.g. scientific progress, trade profit, status representation through objects, topicality of news, medicine/health, which could be promoted through products from the Arctic, etc. The conference will focus on the importance of scientific, economic, and cultural aspects. The significance of scientific, economic, (inter)confessional networks, mobility, education, religious minorities, the press and/or trade for the circulation of knowledge will be examined.