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News of ASEC 2013 Conference Participants


The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC) held its fifth biennial conference at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, on March 89, 2013.

Eve Levin (University of Kansas), chair of the panel “Orthodoxy Amidst the ‘Other,'” included in her introduction to Matthew Lee Miller’s presentation that his book, The American YMCA and Russian Culture: The Preservation and Expansion of Orthodox Christianity, 1900-1940, had just been released by Lexington Books.

Roland Clark (Eastern Connecticut University), who presented at ASEC on “Prophecy, Miracles, and Pilgrimage in Interwar Romania,” has just had a book review published in the latest issue of Balkanistica 26 (2013): 265-267, which is published for The South East European Studies Association. He reviews Antonio Momoc’s Capcanele politice ale sociologiei interbelice: Şcoala Gustiană între carlism şi legionarism ‘The Political Snares of Interwar Sociology The Gusti School Between Carlism and Legionarism.’

In the same issue of Balkanistica, Lucien J. Frary (Rider University) has a review article in which he critiques three recent titles related to “Health, Society and the Family in the 20th Century Balkans” (241-254).

The latest issue of Russian History has been released – and it contains selected papers from the ASEC’s second conference, “Centers and Peripheries: Interaction and Exchange in the Social, Cultural, Historical, and Regional Situations of Eastern Christianity, which was held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, October 5–6, 2007.

Guest editors J. Eugene Clay and Barbara J. Skinner also presented at the 2013 ASEC conference.

Russian History 40.1 (2013): Centers and Peripheries in Eastern Christianity–Part 1.

Guest editors: J. Eugene Clay, Russell E. Martin, Barbara J. Skinner

Section 1. Text and Interpretation

Alice Whealey, “Muslim Motives for Conquering the Byzantine Empire 634-720: The Evidence from Eastern Christian Sources”

Enrique Santos Marinas, “Reassessment, Unification, and Enlargement of the Sources of Slavic Pre-Christian Religion”

Donald Ostrowski, “Dressing a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Toward Understanding the Composition of the Life of
Alexander Nevskii”

Martha M. F. Kelly, “Cultural Transformation as Transdisfiguration in Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago”

Section 2. Mission: Expanding the Periphery

Jesse D. Murray, “Together and Apart: The Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian Empire, and Orthodox Missionaries in Alaska, 1794-1917”

Mara Kozelsky, “A Borderland Mission: The Russian Orthodox Church in the Black Sea Region”

Lucien J. Frary, “Russian Missions to the Orthodox East: Antonin Kapustin (1817-1894) and his World”


Source of the Russian History 40.1 table of contents: Lawrence Langer (University of Connecticut) via the Early Slavic Studies listserv.


Recent Acquisitions to the HRL, December 2012


Photo of the cover of the book shows image of an ornate gold and purple mosaic of a saint

“Saints and Sainthood in Central and Eastern Europe” (Sofia, 2012)


Ангушева-Тиханова, Аделина, Маргарет Димитрова, Росина Костова, и Росен Р. Малчев, состав. In Stolis Repromissionis: Светци и святост в централна и източна Европа. София: Импресарско издателска къща “РОД,” 2012.



photo of the book coverDitommaso, Lorenzo, and Christfried Böttrich, eds., with the assistance of Marina Swoboda. The Old Testament Apocrypha in the Slavonic Tradition: Continuity and Diversity. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 140. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.



Garipzanov, Ildar H., ed. Historical Narratives and Christian Identity on a European Periphery: Early History Writing in Northern, East-Central, and Eastern Europe (c. 1070-1200). Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 26. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2011.




Петков, Петко Д. Ръкопис 2/23 от сбирката на Рилския манастир: Сборник с жития от края на XV век. Библиотека отець Неофитъ Рыльскый том 3. София: Херон Прес, 2011.

Photo of the book cover

Rila Ms. 2/23, Miscellany of Saints’ Lives from the 15th Century





“Description of the Slavic Manuscripts in the Church, Historical and Archival Institute – Sofia,” vol. 1

Христова, Боряна, Елисавета Мусакова, Елена Узунова. Опис на славянските ръкописи в Църковно-Историческия и Aрхивен Институт – София, т. I: Библейски книги.София: Борина, 2009.


Between Sessions at ASEEES 2012: the Place


At this year’s Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference in New Orleans there were many things to do and many places to eat outside of the panel presentations and organizational meetings. The convention was held in the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street between Chartres (pronounced locally as “CHARters”) and the block-long Dorsiere Street, which is one block lake side of Decatur (locally pronounced “DeCAYter”) Street. The major complaint about the Marriott was that it charged $15 a day for wireless internet access in the individual hotel rooms, so most of the participants gathered in the lobby near the bar to access the free (although sporadic and weak) wi-fi.

Housed right on the edge of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter – Canal Street was the boundary between the French and the American sectors of town – ASEEES participants were in easy walking distance of a number of excellent restaurants: SoBou on Chartres, Olivier’s in the 200-block of Decatur* – where the ESSA held its dinner to honor Donald Ostrowski, and the Gumbo Shop on Saint Peter Street right next to St. Louis Cathedral. Couchon, a southern Cajun restaurant in the nearby Warehouse District, was also recommended. Café Du Monde, open 24 hours a day (except December 25th) on Decatur Street across from the Pontalba Apartment building on Jackson Square, offers beignets and cafe au lait for early morning breakfast and as a late night snack.

*Editor’s note: Olivier’s restaurant closed down in January 2015.

On a sunny day like today, one could buy lunch, such as a crawfish omelet with grits and French bread, from Cafe Beignet on Royal Street, sit on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court Building and listen to any one of several street bands, trios, and duos that were performing, and still get back to the conference in time for the afternoon panels.