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Roundtable on Displaced Heritage

Speakers: Waldemar Deluga, Anna Kijas, Elizabeth Bolman


12:00 ET | 17:00 LONDON | 18:00 PARIS | 19:00 KYIV

Register for Zoom link here.


Waldemar Deluga (Art historian, Professor at University of Ostrava, Editor of Series Byzantina)

Title “Evacuations of the Baroque Icon of Bohorodchany”

Abstract This paper will connect the current situation to past threats to monuments with a focus on the evacuation of the icon of the iconostasis of Bohorodchany, which was first evacuated during the First World War (from Lviv to Vienna during the Russian military offensive in Galicia). It is also a beautiful example of the Ukrainian Baroque. The paper will also cover the people who protected art works during communism as well.


Anna Kijas (Head of Lilly Music Library at Tufts University, Co-founder of SUCHO)

Title “SUCHO: A Grassroots Approach to Archiving Digital Cultural Heritage”

Abstract SUCHO began as a tweet about a data rescue event for Ukrainian music collections (modeled after events held after Trump’s election in 2016), and four days later it was an international collaboration between 400 strangers. This talk will discuss how Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) was formed as a grassroots approach to identify and archive at-risk sites, digital content, and data in Ukrainian cultural heritage institutions. It will reflect on some of the key decisions made by organizers, such as choice of tooling (prioritizing Webrecorder to support highly distributed archiving for anyone vs. systems like ArchiveIt that are tied into accounts and external infrastructure), choice of scope (cultural heritage sites, defined very broadly), use of Slack and Google Docs, and the creation of tutorials and synchronous onboarding sessions in the early days. This talk will also examine the role that institutions like universities and consortia play in a project like SUCHO, compared to the role of concerned individuals in supporting this effort.


Elizabeth Bolman
(Professor in Art History, Case Western Reserve University)

Part of a lecture and discussion series ‘From Kyivan Rus’ to Modern Ukraine: Virtual Conversations on History, Art, and Cultural Heritage’ co-organized in collaboration with Dumbarton Oaks and North of Byzantium.


Return to the lecture series here.