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Kyivan Rus’ and Byzantium

Dumbarton Oaks resources relating to Ukrainian History, Art, and Cultural Heritage

In response to the current conflict in Ukraine, Dumbarton Oaks is launching a series of initiatives to inform the academic community and to support scholars at risk in the three areas defined by the institution’s founders, Robert and Mildred Bliss: Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape studies. Through this endeavor we continue our mission to promote scholarly excellence, intellectual tenacity, and democratic thinking.


Research Grants for Scholars at Risk

Dumbarton Oaks, committed to the support of scholarship around the world, is offering a limited number of research grants available to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The grants are open to scholars active in any of the three areas of studies supported by Dumbarton Oaks, namely Byzantine Studies, Pre-Colombian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the exhaustion of the available funds. For more information, and for instructions to apply, please go here.


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. The lectures and conversation series led by experts in the fields of history, art history, religion, archaeology, heritage, and sociology, as well as museum curators and conservationists, 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. Presented in association with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500–1700.

For more information and to view upcoming lectures in the series, here.

Jul 07, 2022

Mazepa's Women Before and After Poltava

A lecture on the strong women of Mazepa's family by Dr. Liudmyla Sharipova
Jun 16, 2022

Medieval Origins and Modern Constructs, Rus–Ukraine–Russia

A virtual lecture by Dr. Christian Raffensperger


Jun 08, 2022

The Cathedral of St. Sophia, Kyiv

Roundtable discussion with Thomas Dale, Ioli Kalavrezou, and Sofia Korol’

Kolti in the Medieval Byzantine Empire

Kolti were in use throughout the Byzantine empire, including Kyivan Rus’

Ukrainian art and architecture

The Dumbarton Oaks Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives hold images of Ukrainian art and architecture across three separate collections

Kyivan Rus’ in Dumbarton Oaks Papers

Publishing scholarship on Kyivan Rus’

The Total Byzantinist

A Tribute to Ihor Ševčenko (1922–2009)