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Special Lecture Series: From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine

Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage. A Lecture Series co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500–1700, from April through December, 2022

Ukraine’s history, art, and culture are endangered by the ongoing war. This lecture and conversation series led by experts in the fields of history, art history, religion, archaeology, heritage, sociology, as well as museum curators and conservationists, among others, present 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. Presented in association with Dumbarton Oaks and North of Byzantium.

April 22, 2022: Inaugural Lecture, Lacunae of Art History and Kyiv’s Visual Culture,” by Olenka Z. Pevny

May 19, 2022:The Holy Rus’: Concept and Religious Art with Political Connotations,” by Mariana Levytska

June 8, 2022:The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv,” A roundtable discussion with Thomas Dale, Ioli Kalavrezou, and Sofia Korol

June 16, 2022:Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs, Rus–Ukraine–Russia,” by Christian Raffensperger

July 7, 2022:Mazepa's Women Before and After Poltava” by Liudmyla Sharipova

July 28, 2022:Endangered Monuments” by Alina Kondratiuk and Özlem Eren, with respondent Robert G. Ousterhout

September 8, 2022: "Reading the Image of Prince Volodymyr Sviatoslavych in Seventeenth-Century Kyiv" by Maria Grazia Bartolini

September 29, 2022: "Displaced Cultural Heritage," A roundtable discussion with Anna E. Kijas, Waldemar Deluga, and Elizabeth Bolman

October 13, 2022: "The Sovereign's Image and its Site-Specificity in Kyivan Rus'," by Nazar Kozak

November 16, 2022: "Historical Memory," A roundtable discussion with Svitlana Olianina, Danylo Sudyn, and Alexandra Vukovich

December 1, 2022: "Anna Yaroslavna, Queen of France, in History and in Ukrainian Imagination," by Talia Zajac

December 15, 2022: "Taste, Social Class, and Oriental Carpet Design in the Eighteenth-Century Cossack Hetmanate," by Halyna Kohut

This series of events is co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500–1700.

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