Power and Architecture
March 27, 2014
Scholars and historians from Poland and abroad will gather April 9-11 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw for an international conference on royal and government residences in Europe.
The conference is entitled Power and Architecture: Residences of Monarchs and Seats of State Authorities in Europe—Forms and Functions (15th-21st Centuries). It aims to provide a forum for Poland’s academic and museum communities that study royal courts, with special focus on residences in the historical commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania. The attendees will explore how castles in the cities of Vilnius, Grodno, Cracow and Warsaw emerged and functioned as local power centers in comparison with royal residences in the most prosperous European countries, including Spain, France, Russia, Britain, Scandinavian countries, Hungary and the German Empire.
The organizers of the conference want it to help present the findings of Polish research into the subject to researchers from abroad. This goal will be pursued by the European Residences Project (ERP), headed by a team of experts appointed by the management of Warsaw’s Royal Castle. The project, to be launched during the Power and Architecture conference, will comprise a website, publications and academic debates held on a regular basis.
The keynote speakers at the conference will include Polish and foreign experts. They will discuss the architectural development of royal residences as centers of “ostentatious authority” and the ways in which such places acquired new functions. The attendees will hear lectures about the historical, political, social and cultural background of the residences and the changes they have undergone since the 15th century.
The conference will be accompanied by several other events, including a concert featuring music selected to match the discussed topics.
The three-day conference will close with a discussion on the roles that historic residences play in the world of today.
Grand Hall; Royal Castle in Warsaw