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Final meeting of the research group and research seminar "Prussia as a Nation: Strategies for Representation of Origin in Prussian Historical Writing of the 16th and early 17th Cen."

On December 11, at 18:00, the final meeting of the research group and the research seminar were simultaneously held. The meeting began with the report "?" by Associate Professor of Tomsk State University Anton Kotov. After that the members of the research group discussed the structure of the report and all possible prospects for the development of the group.

In the report of A. Kotov, the narrative strategies describing the origin of Prussia were considered. The author asked questions about how local myths about the origin were formed in the specific conditions of Prussia? What discourses and concepts were in demand from text to text, and how did local myths polemicize with sarmatism and gothicism? A. Kotov made a comparison based on the works of Erasmus Stella, Simon Grunau, Luke David and Kaspar Schütz. So, we managed to find out that the overwhelming majority of authors worked with geniaology in order to connect the nation with the Roman past in order to legitimize it.
After the report, the participants, with the guiding help of the curators and the head of the scientific and educational group, Evgeny Khvalkov, Felix Levin and Adrian Selin, respectively, discussed the further possible development of the research group and the structure of the report.