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7th Biennial Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI)


Photo of MSSI participants and HRL/RCMSS staff in the Special Collections Reading Room

MSSI 2013 Orientation

The Seventh Biennial Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) opened on Monday, June 24, 2013, with 11 of the 12 participants in attendance. The orientation was held in the Conference Room (105C) of the Jack and Jan Creighton Special Collections Reading Room of the Thompson  Library.

Predrag Matejic, Director of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), welcomed the participants and led the introductions; Rebecca Jewett, Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and the Reading Room Manager, reviewed the procedures for conducting research, paging books, etc. Helene Senecal, RCMSS Coordinator, addressed the logistics of the housing and university benefits for the non-OSU students; Lyubomira Parpulova Gribble, HRL Assistant Curator, shared her research interests with the group; RCMSS GA Lauren Ressue introduced the participants to the OSU learning management system “Carmen”; and Daniel E. Collins of the OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures said a few words about the “Readings in Church Slavonic” course that he teaches during the MSSI.

Photo of the MSSI participants and HRL/RCMSS staff at a table in the faculty club

MSSI 2013 Luncheon at the OSU Faculty Club

The participants viewed the online video, Preserving and Accessing the Past: The History of the Hilandar Research Library and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, and then toured Thompson Library, where they wound up at a gallery talk about the current exhibit, Travelers to and from Mount Athos: The Translation of Culture, Knowledge, and Spirituality.

Luncheon was held at the OSU Faculty Club, followed by the first session of the MSSI from 2pm to 4pm, where Daniel Collins led the class through a reading of a prayer of St. John Chrysostom in manuscript BAN.13.7.5.


Early Modern Printed Book Open House

Photograph of patrons examining printed books that are displayed on long tables

Early Modern Printed Books Open House, April 3, 2013, Thompson Library

The OSU Libraries held its final open house of the school year, the Early Modern Printed Book Open House, on Wednesday, April 3rd. Organized by Amanda Gluibizzi, Fine Arts Librarian, Eric J. Johnson, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, and Melanie McGurr, Instruction and Access Librarian for Special Collections, the Open House “primarily featured books, pamphlets, art and architectural treatises, and travel itineraries in English, Latin, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

“Items with substantial visual material that date from the 1400s to the 19th century from OSUL’s collections university-wide were available for viewing. Among the artists and authors included were Albrecht Durër, Giorgio Vasari, Leon-Battista Alberti, Andrea Palladio, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Sebastiano Serlio, Baldassare Castiglione, Peter Paul Rubens, William Blake, and many more. Subjects included History, English, Architecture, Entomology, Herbology, Astrology, and more.

“Dr. Johnson was on hand to explain the making and materials of these objects, as well as to help with on-the-spot Latin translations.

photo of title page of Greek early printed book

Greek Triodion, published in Venice by Nicolas Glykys, 1744

“Patrons with freshly clean hands were able to handle the items gently. No backpacks or portfolios, food, drink, or wet media were brought into the room with the materials. Pencils and paper were recommended for note-taking and sketching, and photography was permitted.” Several professors brought their classes to view the materials.

Photo of old printed books lined up on a table

Printed books from the collection of the Hilandar Research Library: Slavic, Greek, and Romanian

The organizers graciously invited the Hilandar Research Library to participate in their Open House this semester. Hilandar displayed five of its Russian Early Printed Books, which were donated by Olga Karpov, Edward Kasinec, Alex Rabinovich et al., as well as its one Greek volume. A Romanian printed book donated by Dehlia and John Negulesco and the rare 18th-century Briusovskaia kalendar’ (Книга именуемая брюсовск̆ои календарь), which was a gift of Alex Rabinovich, were also made available at the Open House.

Lauren Ressue, OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures graduate student and Graduate Associate for the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, was on hand at the Open House to assist visitors in deciphering the languages and genres of the HRL early modern printed books.

Source: OSU Libraries’ announcement advertising the Early Modern Printed Book Open House

View more photos from the event on the Facebook page of the OSU Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

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16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture in South Slavic Linguistics


The sixteenth annual lecture in South Slavic Linguistics presented at The Ohio State University to commemorate Professor Kenneth E. Naylor (1935-1992) was given by Professor Olga Mladenova (University of Calgary) on “The Rise of Modern Bulgarian Literacy in the Seventeenth Century: New Facts and Interpretations,” Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Campus Reading Room on the 11th floor of Thompson Library.

photograph of Brian Joseph standing next to Olga Mladenova in front of the screen with the first powerpoint slide with the title of Dr. Mladenova's talk

Brian D. Joseph, Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics, and Olga Mladenova, 16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecturer on the 11th Floor, Thompson Library at The Ohio State University

Professor Brian D. Joseph (OSU Linguistics), who has held the “Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship of South Slavic Linguistics” since his investiture in 1997, opened the event with a brief account of Dr. Naylor and his contributions to OSU, to scholarship, and to the scholarly community, as well as a history of the professorship and the lecture series, and other initiatives funded by the professorship.

The lecture was well attended and Professor Mladenova’s account of her work with Bulgarian damanskini elicted a number of thought-provoking comments from the audience. Colleagues of Dr. Naylor present included professors emeriti David F. Robinson (OSU Slavic) and Carole Rogel (OSU History).

A reception of exceptional food from Milo’s Catering was organized by Karen Nielsen of the OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Ms. Nielsen also arranged a display of scrapbooks and a photo-montage documenting the past lectures. Shannon Niemeyer, events coordinator for the OSU Libraries, orchestrated a hospitable arrangement and atmosphere for what was judged a “superb” venue.

A wooden grid display case, provided thanks to the efforts of OSU Libraries’ Cheryl Mason-Middleton and Mark Moziejko, effectively exhibited publications of Drs. Joseph, Naylor, and Mladenova, as well as the first five Naylor Memorial lectures. Lauren Ressue, RCMSS GA, assisted. Immense gratitude to Michelle Drobik of the University Archives at OSU for photo images of Professor Naylor from 1975, 1976, and 1981.

Photo of Dr. Joseph standing next to open wooden shelves on wheels with books and publications propped up on book ends.

Professor Brian D. Joseph with the 16th Annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture publication display

Items on display (see photo) include photographs of Professor Naylor (1981 and 1975), Olga Mladenova’s Definiteness in Bulgarian: Modelling the Processes of Language Change (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs 182), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007; Brian D. Joseph’s The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: A study in areal, general, and historical linguistics (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Supplemental Volume, 2009 reprint); Mladenova’s Russian Second-Language Textbooks and Identity in the Universe of Discourse: A Contribution to Macropragmatics (Slavistische Beiträge 432), München: Sagner, 2004; and a color printout of the cover of her Grapes and Wine In the Balkans: An Ethno-Linguistic Study (Balkanologische Veröffentlichungen 32), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1998, flanked by the first and second Naylor Memorial Lectures, Linguistic Emblems and Emblematic Languages: On Language as Flag in the Balkans by Victor A. Friedman (1998), and Ronelle Alexander’s In Honor of Diversity: the Linguistic Resources of the Balkans (1999), respectively.

Volumes 1-6 of Balkanistica: A Journal of Southeast European Studies (1974-1980), and Folia Slavica 1.1 (1977) edited by Kenneth E. Naylor, were framed by published versions of the third, fourth, and fifth Naylor Memorial Lectures: What Is a Standard Language Good For, and Who Gets to Have One? by Wayles Browne (2000), The Balkan Linguistic League, “Orientalism,” and Linguistic Typology by Howard I. Aronson (2007), and Minority Language Rights in Primary Education: A Century of Change in the Balkans by Christina E. Kramer (2010).


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.

Note: If you would like to receive a copy of CMH, please send your mailing address to If you have missed receiving issues of the HRL/RCMSS newsletter, please send us your current address.

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.