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Latini, Graeci, Rutheni: Later Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Clashes between the Latin-rite and the Byzantine-rite Christians

When Mar 10, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Bentley Room, Pitt Building, University of Cambridge
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The Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies is presented by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Yury P. Avvakumov from the University of Notre Dame, USA, this year's workshop will explore Medieval and Early Modern religious identities by focusing on the clashes over issues of ritual between Latins, Greeks, and Ruthenians. These clashes, along with the dogmatic controversies on the procession of the Holy Spirit, purgatory, and papal primacy, determined the history of relations between Latin-rite and Byzantine-rite Christians from the mid-eleventh to the mid-seventeenth century. During this period, certain religious and cultural patterns display remarkable continuities. By exploring such continuities, this workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the Union of Brest 1596, considered both as idea and as reality.

Dr Yury Avvakumov teaches history of Christianity in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, IN. He specializes in the history of medieval Christianity, with a focus on Latin-Byzantine relations, and in the religious history of Ukraine and Russia of the Early Modern and Modern periods. He is also broadly engaged with history of the Byzantine-rite Catholic Churches from their medieval beginnings to the present day.

The workshop will be led in English and all interested postgraduate students and scholars in medieval history and culture are welcome to attend. The event is free but online registration is required. Please register at by Wednesday, 8 March 2017.

Coffee, lunch and refreshments will be served during the workshop.

For queries and recommended workshop reading please contact Miss Olga Płócienniczak at  or Dr Olenka Z. Pevny,

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