CALL FOR PAPERS:

CALL FOR PAPERS: "In search of the truth: Auxiliary disciplines of history in researching falsifications and forgeries" (CFP until 31.07.2020)

Place Lithuanian Institute of History in Vilnius.,
Organizer The Lithuanian Institute of History Department for the History of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania L. & A. Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences
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The Lithuanian Institute of History
Department for the History of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
L. & A. Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences
invite all interested scholars to participate in the international conference, In search of the truth: Auxiliary disciplines of history in researching falsifications and forgeries, which is scheduled for 14-15 October 2020 at the Lithuanian Institute of History in Vilnius.
Falsifications are a universal phenomenon and are to be found in all periods of history. All kinds of things were falsified: documents, money, wine etc. Writers falsified history (e.g. by creating fictional historiography: biographies of rulers, fictional tombs, false genealogies etc.); there were attempts to influence public opinion by false information both during the Middle Ages and in modern times; also, legislation was tampered with. However, one can always pose a legitimate question as to whether some narratives by chroniclers were deliberate falsifications or just interpretations. Motivations for falsifying objects and texts were various, just as the quality of their produce. Some forgeries were revealed already by their contemporaries, others remained undetected for centuries, and the truth about them surfaced only as a result of historical research. Undoubtedly, among historical sources there are still falsifications and forgeries, about the true character of which, for the time being, we can only speculate. The aim of this conference is to look into the problem of medieval and early-modern falsifications through the perspectives of auxiliary historical disciplines and other research specialisations not only in the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, but in Western and Central-Eastern Europe as well. We will discuss falsifications not only as legal and political phenomena, but also as mental, political, ideological, and even cultural facts too. We would like to suggest the following subjects:
- the variety and typology of falsifications: a) material artefacts; b) falsifications belonging to the realms of mental, political, ideological, historical activities and so forth;
- reasons for falsifying;
- methods of creating forgeries, mastery and lack of skill in falsifying;
- those who committed forgeries and how they were treated by contemporaries;
- fighting falsifications: suspicion of forgery, proof of falsifying, punishing forgeries according to canon-, and civil law;
- methods of investigating and interpretation of falsifications by contemporary science;
- input of heraldry, genealogy, sigillography, vexillology, legal archaeology, diplomatics, palaeography, codicology, archival science, source criticism, and other historical disciplines into researching forgeries.
We welcome authors representing not only auxiliary disciplines of history but also scholars of various fields of knowledge who encounter in their research the issues mentioned above.

Authors are kindly requested to limit their presentations to 20 minutes.
Conference languages: Lithuanian, Polish, and English.
Date of event: 14-15 October 2020.
Location: The Lithuanian Historical Institute, Vilnius, Kražių g. 5, Main Hall.

Organizational committee:
Dr Rūta Čapaitė, Lithuanian Historical Institute
Prof. Dr Jacek Soszyński, L. & A. Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences
Dr Gitana Zujienė, Lithuanian Historical Institute
Vilija Gerulaitienė, Lithuanian Historical Institute

Persons willing to participate are kindly requested to submit paper titles with short abstracts to Dr Rūta Čapaitė capaite@hotmail.com; vilija.gerulaitiene@gmail.com
The deadline is 31 July 2020.
We are planning to publish the conference papers in a separate volume.
No conference fee is foreseen.