The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, Inc. (ASEC) announces its ninth biennial conference to be held at The Ohio State University, November 3-5, 2022 (with a banquet on November 5). The theme is Eastern Christianity in New Worlds, broadly conceived to address the impact on Eastern Christianity of relocation outside its traditional homelands—and its own impact on its new environments, whether through pluralism, globalization, or other trends.

REGISTRATION:  To participate in the conference, all panelists must be members of ASEC and must register and pay the appropriate fee by 15 October. Until 15 October, the registration fee is $50; after that date, the fee increases to $75; although registration is still required, there is no fee for graduate students or affiliates of The Ohio State University. Register via Eventbrite.  The conference registration fee does not include the closing night banquet, which is $50 for all participants. Advance registration and pre-payment for the banquet is required via Eventbrite.

LODGING: Accommodation is reserved at The Blackwell Inn & Conference Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. The guest rate is $162.00 plus taxes and parking (if applicable) for 1 King bed. Reservations are made on an individual basis and must be guaranteed with a credit card. Reservations should be made by the designated cutoff date (October 1, 2022) in order to take advantage of the special group rate. To receive the negotiated group rate, participants should identify themselves as being with the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture program (or ASEC 2022) when making reservations. Individuals should cancel reservations prior to 4:00 PM the day before their scheduled arrival to avoid one night’s room and tax charge to the credit card on file.

SCHEDULE: The conference opens with a reception on the evening of Thursday 3 November. The first panel begins at 8:45 AM on Friday, and the last panel ends at 6:45 PM on Saturday.  The conference closes with a banquet at 7 PM, shortly after the final panel. All sessions are plenary.

Limited funding is available to provide graduate students with assistance for travel expenses. For graduate students who would like to receive financial assistance for travel, please contact Nadiezhda Kizenko and copy M.A. “Pasha” Johnson with your request that includes a budget of your travel expenses.

For more information on the conference and its venue, contact HRL curator and RCMSS director M.A. “Pasha” Johnson.

DAY 1: Thursday, November 3

5-6:30 PM Opening Reception:

6:45-8 PM Viewing of Zarvanytsia (‘New Jerusalem’)

DAY 2: Friday, November 4

8:00-9 Coffee

8:30am         Opening Remarks

Session 1      8:45-10:45    Metropolitan Filipp and his ‘Life’ in Three Contexts: Tsars Ivan IV and Fedor Ivanovich, the Solovetskii Monastery, Patriarch Nikon and Tsar Aleksei

Charles J. Halperin, Independent scholar, Sins of the Father: Images of Ivan the Terrible in Muscovy during the Reign of Tsar Fedor Ivanovich

Jennifer Spock, Eastern Kentucky University, The Life of St Metropolitan Fillip II (Kolychev): Solovki Source, Muscovite Enigma, and Historians’ Headache

Kevin Kain, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Ivan the Forgiven (?): The Transfer of St. Metropolitan Filipp’s Relics to Moscow Reconsidered

Chair/Discussant: David Goldfrank

Session 2     11-12:25 The Transatlantic Eighteenth Century

Nicholas Chapman, Holy Trinity Publications Editor, The Ludwell Commonplace Book-A Transatlantic Orthodox Family in the Late Eighteenth Century Anglosphere

Olga Tsapina, Huntington Library, The Founding That Wasn’t? The Case of Philip Ludwell III (1716-1767)

Chair/Discussant: George Munro

Lunch 12:30-2

Hilandar Research Library Open House                2:15-3:15

Session 3:     3:30-5:30     Russian Imperial Projects in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Luke Jeske, UNC Chapel Hill, Pilgrimage and the Russian “Discovery” of the Holy Land in the 1830s-1840s

Barbara Skinner, Indiana State U, Russifying the Orthodox Church in Ukraine in the 1830s 

Heather Bailey, U of Illinois Springfield, Tsar Worship? The Vilnius Catechism of 1832 and its Misuses

Chair/Discussant: Nadia Kizenko

5:45pm        KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Dr. Aram Sarkisian:  

“What are you going to do about it?” Excavating Histories of Orthodox Christianity in North America.

DAY 3: Saturday, November 5

8:00-8:30 Coffee

Session 4     8:30-9:55   Christian Minorities in Late Imperial Russia

Alexandr Polunov, School of Public Administration (Moscow), The Non-Chalcedonian (Ancient Eastern) Christians in the Activities of the Russian Church and State. Second Half of Nineteenth – Early Twentieth Century

Eugene Clay, Arizona State University, “We Wait and Hope”: Ivan Andreevich Pashatskii’s 1865 Confession of Faith

Chair/Discussant: Heather Bailey

Session 5     10:10-11:35   Soviet era

George Munro, Virginia Commonwealth University, An Unlikely Miracle: the Church of the Kazan’ Mother of God Icon in Kirovsk Murmanskii

Matthew Lee Miller, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Paul B. Anderson and the Publication of Religion in Communist-Dominated Areas

Chair/Discussant: Thomas Bremer

LUNCH 12:45-2pm

Session 6     2:15-4:15pm Orthodoxy in Contemporary Ukraine and Russia

Jacob Lassin, Miami University, Orthodox Priestly Publicists in Russia during the 2022 War: The Case of Fr. Andrei Tkachev

Lena Serge Zezulin, WOW Conference – Response of OCA and ROCOR Laity to the Invasion of Ukraine and Patriarch Kirill’s Support of the War

Nadezhda Beljakova and Nataliya Shok, Privolzhsky Research Medical U, The Russian Orthodox Church and Reproduction: How the Russian Debate on IVF Transformed ‘Orthodox Bioethics’ into Biopolitics

Chair/Discussant: Barbara Skinner

Session 7     4:30-6:30pm Orthodox iconography and liturgy

John Burgess, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Fr Zinon (Teodor) and his iconography                

Victoria Legkikh, Independent Scholar, The Service to SS. Boris and Gleb as a model of Russian princely service

Nadia Kizenko, SUNY Albany, Liturgical practices in the UOC and OCU in Central Ukraine and their implications

Chair/Discussant: Eugene Clay

Banquet 7pm


Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, Hilandar Research Library, Departments of Classics, History, Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures; Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies; and University Libraries at The Ohio State University