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IvOC welcomes associate researcher Dr. Liliya Berezhnaya

The Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (IvOC) welcomes Dr. Liliya Berezhnaya as a new Associate Researcher of the institute.  Dr. Liliya Berezhnaya is a church historian with the focus on Eastern-rite churches in early modern and modern Eastern and Central Europe. Until 2021 she was an Associate Professor at the University of Münster’s Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence in Germany and is currently a Recurrent Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ERC Project “Orthodoxies and Politics. The Religious Reforms of Mid-17th Century in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe”).

Her research interests are focused on comparative borderland studies, imperial and national discourses in Eastern European history, symbolic geography, and the construction of ‘the other’, Ukrainian religious and cultural history and eschatological notions in Christian traditions. Her recent publications include Die Militarisierung der Heiligen in Vormoderne und Moderne (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2020); Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema Since 1989 (Leiden: Brill 2013; co-edited with Christian Schmitt); Rampart Nations: Bulwark Myths of East European Multiconfessional Societies in the Age of Nationalism (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books 2019, 2nd edition 2022; co-edited with Heidi Hein-Kircher); and The World to Come: Ukrainian Images of the Last Judgment (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press 2015; co-authored with John-Paul Himka).