Mentorship Program for Scholars at Risk

Application Deadline: 30 April 2023


Ukraine (more resources)


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


Event recordings are available here

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.


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 – RECORDED EVENT

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 – RECORDED EVENT

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 – RECORDED EVENT

Dr. Liudmyla Sharipova (University of Nottingham) – “Mazepa’s Women Before and After Poltava: To Save and To Keep – THURSDAY 7 JULY 2022 | 12:00 EST

Discussion: “Endangered Monuments – Panelists: Dr. Alina Kondratiuk (Department of the Artistic Heritage Studies of the National Preserve Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra); Özlem Eren (University of Wisconsin Madison); Dr. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) – THURSDAY 28 JULY 2022 | 12:00 EST

Dr. Maria Grazia Bartolini (Università degli Studi di Milano) – Reading the Image of Prince Volodymyr Sviatoslavych in 17th-Century Kyiv – THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 12:00 EST

Discussion: Displaced Cultural HeritageDr. Waldemar Jozef Deluga (University of Ostrava); Anna Kijas (Tufts University | SUCHO); Dr. Elizabeth Bolman (Case Western Reserve University)THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 12:00 EST

Dr. Nazar Kozak (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Ivan Franko University) – The Sovereign’s Image and its Site-Specificity in Kyivan Rus – THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER 2022 | 12:00 EST

Discussion: Historical Memory” – Dr. Svitlana Olianina (National Technical University of Ukraine); Dr. Alexandra Vukovich (King’s College London); Dr. Danylo Sudyn (Ukrainian Catholic University) – WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022 | 12:00 EST

Dr. Talia Zajac (John Rylands Research Institute and Library, University of Manchester) – “Anna Yaroslava, Queen of France, in History and in the Ukrainian Imagination” – THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2022 | 12:00 EST

Dr. Halyna Kohut (Ivan Franko University) – “Taste, Social Class, and Oriental Carpet Design in the 18th-Century Cossack Hetmanate” – THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER 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)