From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine

Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage

Lecture and discussion series co-organized in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700


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Ukraine’s history, art, and culture are endangered by the ongoing war. This lecture and conversation series by experts in the fields of history, art history, religion, archaeology, heritage, sociology, as well as museums and conservation, among others, presents the region’s rich historical and cultural complexity through its objects, sites, and monuments. A focus on the medieval and early modern periods featuring Greek, Latin, and Slavic contacts, brings to the fore critical evidence to counter modern misrepresentations of Ukraine’s history and cultural heritage.

Mazepa’s Women Before and After Poltava: To Save and To Keep

Dr. Liudmyla Sharipova (University of Nottingham)
THURSDAY 7 JULY 2022 | 12:00 EST


Schedule of speakers and topics for lectures and discussions

Dr. Olenka Z. Pevny (University of Cambridge) – Lacunae of Art History and Kyiv’s Visual Culture – FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2022 | 12:00 EST

Dr. Mariana Levytska (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv) – The Holy Rus’ Concept and Religious Art with Political Connotations: Pochayiv Monastery in the 19th Century
THURSDAY 19 MAY 2022 | 12:00 EST

Discussion: The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv – Panelists: Dr. Thomas Dale (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Dr. Ioli Kalavrezou (Harvard University); Dr. Sofia Korol’ (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE 2022 | 12:00 EST

Dr. Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University) – “Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs: Rus – Ukraine – Russia
THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2022 | 12:00 EST


General Poster

Sponsors and Endorsers:

Dumbarton Oaks | Princeton University | Boise State University | Tufts University | Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Kent | Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) | College Art Association (CAA) | Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) | British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) | Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA) | International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) | Renaissance Society of America (RSA)