Dr. Olenka Z. Pevny is Associate Professor of Slavic and Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge. She is a cultural historian of medieval Rus’ and early modern Ukraine. Her primary research focuses on the place of visual culture in the shaping of premodern and modern identities. Dr. Pevny is the author of numerous articles on Byzantine, Rus’, and Ukrainian baroque culture. She also writes on nineteenth century and Soviet cultural restoration practices.
This lecture is part of a series of events co-organized by Dumbarton Oaks in collaboration with North of Byzantium and Connected Central European Worlds, 1500–1700. Ukraine’s history, art, and culture are endangered by the ongoing war. This lecture and conversation series by experts in the fields of history, art history, archaeology, heritage, sociology, as well as museums and conservation, among others, presents the region’s rich historical and cultural complexity through its objects, sites, and monuments. A focus on the medieval and early modern periods featuring Greek, Latin, and Slavic contacts brings to the fore critical evidence to counter modern misrepresentations of Ukraine’s history and cultural heritage.