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.


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


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


Confirmed speakers include:  

  • Maria Grazia Bartolini | Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Waldemar Deluga | University of Ostrava
  • Özlem Eren | University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Halyna Kohut | Ivan Franko National University
  • Nazar Kozak | National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Christian Raffensperger | Wittenberg University
  • Liudmyla Sharipova | University of Nottingham
  • Danylo Sudyn | National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Talia Zajac | University of Manchester


  • The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv
  • Endangered Monuments
  • Displaced Cultural Heritage
  • Historical Memory

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)