18-19.05 – Conference „National Sovereignities (1918-2018): Idea and Political Practices“

Institute „Political Sphere“ (Belarus–Lithuania)

Embassy of Lithuanian Republic in Belarus

Polish Institute in Minsk

Belarusian Collegium

Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Lithuania)

Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)

Lithuanian Institute of History

The 7th Minsk Conference of the Institute „Political Sphere“

„National Sovereignities (1918-2018): Idea and Political Practices“

May 18-19, 2018, Minsk


May 17 (Thursday)

20.00 Presentation of the book by Tomasz Błaszczak “Belarusians in the Republic of Lithuania, 1918-1940” (Art-Siadziba, pr. Masherava, 18)


May 18 (Friday)

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Minsk, Zacharava st. 68


9.00-10.00. Registration

10.00-10.15. Opening session


10.15-12.00. Plenary session

Paweł Kowal (Poland). 1991 in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus: between ambitions and feasibility

Algimantas Kasparavičius (Lithuania). Imperial heritage: problems of Lithuanian thought and practice in gaining national sovereignty (1914-22)

Dariusz Tarasiuk (Poland). Attitudes of Belarusian Poles to the idea of Poland’s independence (1905-1918)


12.00-12.20. Coffee break


12.20-14.00. Panel І. Perestroika, USSR dissolution and formation of new states, 1988-1991

Valery Karbalevich (Belarus). Why did USSR dissolve?

Andrei Kazakevich (Belarus). “For” and “Against” the Union. Comparison of Pro-soviet and Pro-independence movements in Western Republics of USSR, 1988-1991

Aleh Dziarnovich (Belarus). „History as a resource“ in Belarus during Perestroika, 1988-1991


14.00-15.00 Lunch


15.00-16.15. Panel ІІ. Formation of national states in East-Central Europe through the interwar period

Pavel Tereshkovich (Belarus). Social base of national movements in Eastern Europe and state-building

Jacek Stasiorczyk (Poland). Denationalization or Identity Protection? Polish-Language Education in Interwar Lithuania, 1918-1940

Varvara Kukharenka (Belarus). The State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs: Hopes of Austro-Hungarian Slavs Justification of Pro-Serb project

16.15-17.30. Panel ІІІ. Problems of sovereignty

Patryk Tomaszewski (Poland). Independent Belarus, Moldova and Georgia in Polish Political Thought after 2004: Comparative Approach  

Ihar Sluchak (Belarus). Language Policy in occupied Belarus, 1941-1944

Alexei Krivolap (Belarus). National Sovereignty in Media Dimension


18.30 – 20.30. Public discussion on Belarusian Peoples Republic and Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic: Foundations of Belarusian Statehood (Art-siadziba, pr-t Masherava, 18).


May 19 (Saturday)

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Minsk, Zacharava st. 68


10.00-11.30 Panel IV. Belarusian Peoples Republic (BNR): cultural memory and representation (1)

Natallia Hardziyenka (Belarus). BNR Memory as a Part of National Identity Formation (Preservation) of Belarusian postwar emigration

Kseniya Shtalenkova (Belarus). Manifestation of Belarusian Right of Sovereignty in Banknotes’ Design, 1917-1924

Radzivon Popel (Belarus). Belarusian National Movements and Religion: last century overview

11.30-12.00. Coffee break


12.00-13.00 Panel V. BNR: cultural memory and representation (2)

Siarhiej Jemialjanau (Belarus). “Myth of the State Founders” in Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian school textbooks.

Aliaksei Lastouski (Belarus). Forgotten Anniversary: Russian Revolution Centenary Commemoration in Belarus.

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