2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Salomeya Rusetskaya, the first female doctor known in the history of Belarus. The celebration of this event has been inscribed on the List of UNESCO Memorable Dates Calendar for 2018.
The round table is scheduled to consider a wide range of problems, including the memories of Salomeya Rusetskaya as a source on the history of Europe and Asia in the 18th century; the inhabitants of Novogrudok region at the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; development of medicine in Europe and Asia in the 18th century; a new view of the role of women in Europe and Asia in the 18th century; Salomeya Rusetskaya in the service of the Radziwill, Potocki and other tycoon families of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; and Salomeya Rusetskaya among the iconic personalities of the Enlightenment.
Born near Novogrudok, Salomeya Rusetskaya is known as the first female doctor in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth who gained recognition in the Ottoman Empire. The details of her biography, or the “adventures of her life”, are available from her memoirs written in Istanbul in 1760.