Collecting Central Europe  
  The History of Collecting of Central and Eastern Europe  


30 Nov - 3 Dec 2022: The Renaissance Society of America will hold a virtual meeting. For more information please visit the RSA website Below is our call for papers for sessions jointly organised with Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700.

Transcultural Things in Central and Eastern Europe
Early modern Central and Eastern Europe was a multiethnic, multiconfessional, and multilingual realm, where a member of one community could easily claim a sense of belonging to another, navigating intersecting identities and personal biographies, and often merging and converging cultures associated with different regions and communities. Often labelled transculturation, this process of gathering and coming together of various forms of cultural expression, first theorized by Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, results in transformative changes which alter societies as they adopt new kinds of objects and materials into their way of life. These transcultural forms are subject to cultural recontextualisations; they often take up other forms, acquire news uses, and change meanings, all the while reversing, upending, translating, surprising, and reappropriating local lifestyles and traditions. Habanerware, Transylvanian carpets, Polish costume, Siberian pelts, and Rudolf II’s collections are some of the region’s best examples of transcultural forms appropriated into local life. To encourage further research in this field, the scholarly networks “Collecting Central Europe,” and “Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700,” seek papers that explore the complex entanglements of foreign and local, theories of mobility, and previously overlooked types of objects from the region of Europe that stretches from the Baltic to the Adriatic, and from the Rhine to the Danube and the Dnipro.
Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:
· Transcultural objects and images
· Mobility of materials
· Networks
· Diasporas
· Collections
· Historiography of transculturation in the region

Please send a 150-word abstract, a curriculum vitae no longer than 5 pages, and the PhD completion date (as per the new RSA guidelines) to Andrea Gáldy (, Suzanna Ivanic (, and Tomasz Grusiecki ( before Sunday, 29 May 2022. Presenters will have to be active RSA members.

13 — 17 June 2022: Collections in the Early Modern Era, organised by Palacký University Olomouc in collaboration with Leiden University, University of Trnava and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. To find out more, please visit

13 May 2022: Mapping Connections in Early Modern Central Europe workshop organised by CONNECTED CENTRAL EUROPEAN WORLDS, 1500-1700. For further information, please email Suzanna Ivanič ( and Tomasz Grusiecki (