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Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage 32 (December 2012)


The most recent issue of Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage, the biannual newsletter of the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), is now available. Individuals and institutions on the mailing list in the Western Hemisphere have reported receipt of CMH 32 in the mail this week. Colleagues further abroad should be receiving the newsletter in the next couple of weeks.

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Image of the front page of issue 32 of the newsletter Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage

CMH vol. 32 (Dec. 2012)

Volume 32 (December 2012) includes an account by the HRL curator, Predrag Matejic, of his fall trip to Bulgaria and Serbia, as well as a summary of the research visit of Tatiana G. Popova (Severodvinsk, Russia), who spent several months at OSU this summer examining HRL resources on The Ladder of Divine Ascent of John Sinaites. Also featured is an article on the Scete Paterikon by William R. Veder.

Additional information about the 6th International Hilandar Conference (July 19-21, 2013) is also included in this issue of CMH, namely, that Mirjana Živojinović will present the keynote address at the conference.

The four-page article “MSSI Alumni Update: Where Are They Now?” provides a fitting segue to the forthcoming Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI), which is scheduled for summer 2013 (June 24-July 19). Selected participants from MSSI 1999 (Bojan Belić, Živojin Jakovljević, Georgi Parpulov, Stella Rock, and Vessela Valiavitcharska), MSSI 2001 (Natasha Ermolaev, Ariann Stern-Gottschalk, and Monica White), MSSI 2003 (Wojciech Beltkiewicz and Inés García de la Puente), and MSSI 2006 (Alexander Angelov and Yulia Mikhailova) describe what they are currently doing. NB: Lauren Ressue, MSSI 2008, is featured on page 8 of CMH 32 as this year’s RCMSS Graduate Associate. We welcome updates from any other past participants of the MSSI for future issues of CMH !

The contributors to the endowment funds that benefit the HRL/RCMSS are listed, as are the generous donors of books and materials (CMH 32: 11). And the perennial features, “Director’s Desk” and “News Notes,” describe the highlights of activities and events as well as visitors to the HRL/RCMSS since June 2012.

Abstracts to present at the Sixth International Hilandar Conference must be submitted by February 1, 2013.

Application deadline for the next MSSI is February 22, 2013.


Between Sessions at ASEEES 2012: the People


At this year’s Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference in New Orleans there were many people to talk to outside of the panel presentations and organizational meetings.

Image of the front cover of Dinissa Duvanova's bookFormer Graduate Research Associate of the RCMSS/HRL Dinissa Duvanova (Department of Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo) has a book, Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (December 2012).

A number of alumni from the RCMSS/HRL Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) were in attendance: Natasha Ermolaev (MSSI 2001) manages the digital Blue Mountain Project at Princeton University; Ariann Stern-Gottschalk (MSSI 2001) is in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana UniversityInés García de la Puente (MSSI 2003) teaches at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland); Yulia Mikhailova (MSSI 2006) is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of New Mexico; Quinn Carey Dombrowski (MSSI 2006) will soon be working at the University of California, Berkeley; and Andrew Dombrowski (MSSI 2006) is finishing up his dissertation in the Slavic Department of the University of Chicago.

Image of the front cover of the book The Russian's WorldAlumni of the OSU Slavic Department on hand at ASEEES included Todd Armstrong (Chair, Russian Department) and Raquel Greene (Associate Professor of Russian), who both teach Russian literature at Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa);  Eloise Boyle, co-author with Genevra Gerhart of The Russian’s World: Life and Language (Slavica Publishers, 4th ed., 2012); Valentina Izmirlieva, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University (New York); David Patton, President of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), and Vice President of the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS); and Frederick H. White, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah Valley University (Orem, Utah).

OSU History Department alumni present at the conference included Aaron B. Retish (Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan) and Matthew P. Romaniello (Associate Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa).


ASEEES Convention 2012


The 44th Annual Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)* Convention is being held in New Orleans, November 15-18, 2012. This year’s conference theme is “Boundary, Barrier and Border Crossing.”

Among the panels listed in the convention program, one that promises to be of interest to medieval Slavic scholars is Slavia Orthodoxa & Slavia Romana: A Round Table in Memory of Professor Riccardo Picchio, chaired by Paul Alexander Bushkovitch (Yale), with participants Giovanna Brogi Bercoff, Harvey Goldblatt (Yale), Michael A. Pesenson (U of Texas at Austin), and Marina Swoboda (McGill, Canada). (See page 13 of Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage 30 for Predrag Matejic’s obituary of Riccardo Picchio.)

Image of the front cover of Raffensperger's book "Reimaginging Europe," a red ink picture from a chronicle manuscript on a cream-colored background.

Harvard University Press 2012

Also intriguing is Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus′ in the Medieval World: Christian Raffensperger‘s Bold New Hypotheses – (Roundtable),  sponsored by the Early Slavic Studies Association, chaired by David Maurice Goldfrank (Georgetown University), with participants Brian James Boeck (DePaul University), Ines Garcia de la Puente (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland), Elena Boeck (DePaul), and Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University).


*formerly, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)