Natalia Sinkevych’s monograph, published in the “Kyiv Christianity” publishing series, received the international prize Reforc Book Award 2023

On May 12, 2023, in Leuven (Belgium), during the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Reformation Research Consortium, the announcement and awards for the best book occurred. Dr Natalia Sinkevych received the Reforc Book Award 2023 for an English-language monograph – “The Religiosæ Kijovienses Cryptæ by Johannes Herbinius (1675): A Description of Kyiv and Its “Sacral Space” in Early Modern Multiconfessional Discourse”, published by the UCU Press the “Kyivan Christianity” series.

The Reformation Research Consortium (REFORC) is an international association of universities, research institutions, societies, and individuals focusing on the study of premodern Christianity (c. 1400-c. 1700). The head office of the Consortium is located in The Netherlands.

This year, 12 books in English and German, published by Oxford University Press, Brill, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Springer, etc., made it to the extended list of the Reforc Book Award 2023.

In her speech, Natalia Sinkevych emphasized that the book was published in Ukraine during the war, a full-scale invasion of Russia. The book is a publication of the doctoral thesis of the same name, defended on November 17, 2020, at the Karl Eberhard University of Tübingen (Germany). The treatise “Religiosæ Kijovienses Cryptæ” was studied in three historical contexts: religious tolerance in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the history of knowledge transfer in early modern Europe, and the formation of Ruthenian national and religious identity. Natalia Sinkevych carried out the investigation on the border of church and interfaith history, social, political and intellectual history, comparative theology, religious studies and cultural anthropology.

“Such international recognition inspires not only the author of the study but also the UCU Press and the team of the Kyivan Christianity program for further work. And it also encourages researchers to study, write and publish the results of their research on the history of Kyivan Christianity,” noted Ivan Almes, academic co-coordinator of the “Kyivan Christianity” program.

The publishing series “Kyivan Christianity” is issued with the blessing of the Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk and the publications are carried out within the framework of the public project “United Ukraine and Kyivan Tradition” with the support of donations from Ukrainian patrons. Launched in 2013 under the scientific leadership of Professor Ihor Skochylas, the publishing series “Kyivan Christianity” presents the scientific results of the educational and research program of the Humanities and Philosophical and Theological Faculties of the Ukrainian Catholic University “Kyivan Christianity and Uniate Tradition”.

Over ten years, almost 30 volumes have been published (two of them in the printing house) and five books with the support of the “Kyivan Christianity” program.

We encourage you to review Natalia Sinkevych’s book content using the link. You can order a monograph on the website of the UCU Press or the “Kyivan Christianity” program.