International CONFERENCE

International CONFERENCE "The Mission of John Capistran in Central and Eastern Europe (1451-1456)" - 16-17.11.2017

Place Warsaw, Poland, POLAND
Organizer Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
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The Mission of John Capistran in Central and Eastern Europe (1451-1456): 

the Transfer of Ideas and the Strategy of Communication in the Late Middle Ages

Institute of History,  Polish Academy of  Sciences, Warsaw

Tadeusz Kościuszko Conference Room

16-17 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November


Tomasz Wiślicz (Warszawa), Deputy Director of the Institute of History: Welcome and opening

Letizia Pellegrini (Macerata) The epistolary of John Capistran: the story of research and its Polish laboratory

Paweł Kras (Warszawa): John Capistran and his Polish correspondents: research overview

Session I: Europe, religious reforms and Franciscan missionaries in the fifteenth century

Chair: Letizia Pellegrini (Macerata)

1. Daniele Solvi (Salerno):

The European countries in the mirror of Capistran’s hagiography

2. Filippo Sedda (Roma):

The letters of John Capistran in 1451-1456: the database and critical overview

3. Lorenzo Turchi OFM (Assisi):

Beyond John Capistran: the travels and letters of James of Marches


12.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00

Session II: John Capistran in Central and Eastern Europe

Chair: Gabor Klaniczay (Budapest)

1. Frederik Felskau (Köln): 

John Capistran as politician – correspondence and encounters with German rulers and bishops during his grand tour in Central Europe (1451-1456)

2. Pavel Soukup (Praha): 

The polemical letters of John Capistran against the Hussites: findings and research perspectives 

3. György Galamb (Szeged):

Hungarian epistolary of John Capistran: status quaestionis

4. Anna Zajchowska (Warszawa):

Echoes of John Capistran’s preaching in the Polish-Silesian epistolary


Coffee break

17.00 – 19.00

Session III: John Capistran in Silesia and in Poland

Chair: Marek D. Kowalski (Kraków)

1. Halina Manikowska (Warszawa):

The fifteenth century Silesia – the periphery in the centre of the European politics

2. Marcin Starzyński (Kraków):

The circulation of King Casimir IV the Jagiellon’s letter to John Capistran from 7 September 1451

3. Maria Koczerska (Warszawa):

Correspondance entre le cardinal Zbigniew Oleśnicki, le chroniqueur Jean Długosz et Jean de Capistran


Friday, 17 November


Session IV: The Pulpit and Papal Policy

Chair: Halina Manikowska

1. Antonin Kalous (Olomouc): 

John Capistran’s mission and the papal policy

2. Otto Sándor Gecser (Budapest):

The sermon and the treatise: two channels of communication in John Capistran’s activities

3. Thomas Krzenck (Leipzig): 

Capistran as a tireless preacher in Leipzig. A stay like everyone else?

4. Luca Pezzuto (L'Aquila):

Observance in Europe. Images from the fifteenth century 


12.00 – 14.00 Lunch


Session V: Franciscan reform and pastoral care

Chair: Antonin Kalous

1. Ludovic Viallet (Clermont-Ferrand):

Jean de Capistran et la promotion de l'Observance en Europe centre-orientale: un projet et ses limites

2. Giacomo Mariani (Budapest/Modena):

Controversy over the Observant reforms: Roberto da Lecce' attacks and John Capistran's letters

3. Paweł Kras (Warszawa):

Encouraging and disciplining: a case study on John Capistran’s letter to the Cracow friars

4. Gábor Klaniczay (Budapest): 

Disciplining society through the dresses: John Capistran and the sumptuary laws

5. Hanna Zaremska (Warszawa):

John Capistran and the privileges of the Jewish community in Cracow

17.00 –17.30 Coffee break

17.30 – 19.00

Round Table: The Epistolary of John Capistran: research perspectives

Conclusions and closing