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The Book of Royal Degrees and Russian Historical Consciousness

International Conference. Thursday, February 26, through Saturday, February 28, 2009.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Royce 314
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This three-day international conference, organized by Professor Gail Lenhoff (Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA), marks the publication of a critical edition of Russia’s first narrative history, The Book of Royal Degrees, produced in the Moscow metropolitan’s scriptorium between 1555-1564, during the reign of Ivan IV “the Terrible.” The edition was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), with additional support provided by CMRS and the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Invited speakers, representing various academic disciplines, will present papers on the book’s treatment of Muscovite history, politics, theology, literary production, artistic subtexts and reception. Other questions to be considered include: 1) religion and governance; 2) preconditions for a “culture of history”; 3) ways in which pre-modern writers of history seek to understand, legitimize and influence the present; 4) the ways in which historical narratives such as The Book of Royal Degrees contribute to the rise of nationalism and the survival of absolute monarchies; and, 5) the uses of historical narratives in the building of a civil, democratic society.
Time: variable, consult the program schedule at
Advance registration is not required.

Seating: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking: Parking permits are $9 from any UCLA Parking Services kiosk. Tell them you are here to attend the Russian Historical Consciousness Conference in Royce Hall. You will be directed to park in the nearest available lot.

Cost : Free

Center for Medieval for Medieval & Renaissance Studies 310-825-1880

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA Dean of Humanities.

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