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Fisher Forum 2017 – “Central and Eastern Europe in the Global Middle Ages”

Event Type
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Ralph and Ruth Fisher Endowment; ; Program in Medieval Studies; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
210 General Lounge, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana
Jun 22, 2017   9:00 am - 5:20 pm  
Free and open to the public.
Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

Conference Program (All events, unless otherwise noted, in 210 General Lounge, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana)


9 am -- Welcoming remarks, David Cooper, Director of REEEC, organizer 


9:15-11:45-- Panel 1: Rus’ and its Environs

Chair: John Randolph (Illinois)


*           Ines Garcia de la Puente (Boston U), “The Translated Worlds of Kievan Rus’”

*           Olenka Pevny (Cambridge), “‘Living’ Orthodoxy and Petro Mohyla’s Restoration of the Kyivan Rus Patrimony”

*           Matthew Romaniello (Hawaii), “Commodities without Context? Rethinking the History of Medicine in Medieval Russia”

*           Michael Bechtel (U Chicago), “The End of the Nomadic Military Elite: Technology and Institutional Change in Late Medieval Central Eurasia”


12-1-- Lunch break



1:15-3:00 Panel 2: Central Europe


Chair: Carol Symes, editor, The Medieval Globe (Illinois)



*           Julia Verkholantsev (U Penn), “Medieval Historian at Work: Historical Method and Linguistic Thought”

*          Paul Milliman (Arizona), “The First Invention of Eastern Europe: Sclavia, Scythia, and the East in the Medieval Map of Civilization”

*           Eva Doležalová (Center for Medieval Studies, Prague), “Image of the Jews in the High and Late Medieval Bohemian Society in Comparison to the Holy Roman Empire”



3-3:15 --Short break


3:15-5-- Panel 3: Southeastern Europe

Chair: Martin Camargo (Illinois)



*           Gabriela Currie (Minnesota), “Eurasian Sonic Borderlands: Cultural Encounters in the Danubian Plains”

*           Donna Buchanan (Illinois), “Sonic Politics of the Sacred: Bells and Belfries in the Bulgarian Middle Ages and Contemporary Medieval Imaginary”

*           Robert Romanchuk (Florida State), “The ‘Formulaic Style’ and Its Role in the Translation of Digenis Akritis into Old Slavic”



5-5:20 --Closing Discussion

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