The significance of the Illustrated Chronicle Compilation (Litsevoi Letopisnyi Svod; LLS) as one of the central monuments to historiography and illumination in the Muscovite tsardom of Ivan IV has so far been difficult to access, as the only manuscript of the LLS of the years 1568–76 with its roughly 17,000 illustrations, is still scattered among several libraries in the Russian Federation. Thus, the studying of the LLS has till now been a domain of Russian mediaeval studies, so that the LLS has remained widely unknown outside the circle of historians of Eastern Europe occupied with the history of the Muscovite Tsardom. Therefore it has not been taken into account by historians focusing on studies of cultural history with a pan-European perspective. Vice versa, issues and research methods, which have been developed by Western scholars of the late Middle Ages and the early modern period, have so far only been used sporadically in the examination of the LLS. Consequently, the publication of a Facsimile reproduction of the LLS offers completely new possibilities for its examination, particularly by Western colleagues. The conference, which will take place in Munich from 7th to 9th December 2011 on the occasion of the acquisition of such a Facsimile reproduction by the Bavarian State Library, should therefore encourage new research. The aim of this conference is to bring together Russian and East European experts with Western colleagues in order to gain new insights and to develop innovative research approaches through scholarly exchange with regard to three topic areas. First, the examination of the LLS as a key source for understanding the era of Tsar Ivan IV Groznyj may lead to new insights. Furthermore, the relation between text and illustration deserves special attention by the conference – considering the essential feature of the profusely illustrated manuscript. This applies to the LLS as well as fundamentally to the European culture at the period of transition from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period and it is also important with regard to methodological issues. The integration of the LLS within the pan-European context of cultural history finally presents the third, so far widely neglected, but very important topic area. Such integration can help to answer the question to what extent Muscovite Russia had been an integral part of the pan-European cultural region already in the 16th century. As the three thematic priorities suggest, the conference will pursue an interdisciplinary approach based on cultural studies. This means that the topic should not be examined only from a historical point of view, but also from the point of view of art history, visual culture studies, media studies, codicology, palaeography, book studies and linguistics. Thus, all colleagues addressed by this call for papers are invited to contribute to a deeper understanding of the LLS, the Muscovite Tsardom under Tsar Ivan IV, and the pan-European culture at the dawn of the modern era through participation in the conference and the presentation of new findings.
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