Medieval Slavic Workshop 2017

Twentieth Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop*

University of Chicago, April 21, 2017

Foster Hall, Room 103, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm




Welcome Address

9:00–9:15 Chair Valentina Pichugin (University of Chicago): “Twenty Years of Annual Midwest Medieval Slavic Workshop"


9:15-9:45 Yaroslav Gorbachov (University of Chicago): “Velesъ and the “Primary” (“Fundamental”) Myth”


9:45-10:15 Gail Lenhoff (UCLA): "The Cultivation of Bulgarian Literary Norms in Fifteenth-Century Russian Texts:  The Writings of the Novgorod Lisitskii Monk Serapion: Part 2”


10:15-10:45 Ann Kleimola (University of Nebraska): “What Was a Prozhitok?”


10:45-11:00 Break


11:00-11:30 Pavel Petrukhin (Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia): “The “Chanting Effect” in Old Russian Birchbark Letters”


11:30-12:00 David K. Prestel (Michigan State University): “Pagans, Angels and God’s Folk: A Framework for the Povest’ vremennykh let”


12:00-12:30 David Birnbaum, University of Pittsburgh: “New Developments in the Digital Codex Suprasliensis”


12:30-1:15 WORKING LUNCH


1:15-1:45 Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University): "Volodimer the Bold: A Counter-Factual History of Eleventh-Century Rus’”


1:45-2:15 Adam F. Kola (Institute of Slavonic Philology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland; Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago): “Large-scale History of the Middle Ages. From Rus’ to Western Africa”


2:15-2:45 William Brumfield (Tulane University): "Living Traditions in Russian Church Art: Observations from Field Research in Tver’ and Kostroma Regions"  


2:45-3:15 David Miller, Roosevelt University: “Norman Ingham, Scholar and Golfer, and the History of Golf in Russia”