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Nikolaos Chrissidis
Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT 06515-1355)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 8/31/2009

Education and Westernization in Eastern Orthodoxy: The Case of the Slavo-Greco-Latin Academy of Moscow, 1685-1725

This book project concentrates on the first phase of the activity of the Slavo-Greco-Latin Academy in Moscow (1685-1694), the first institution of higher education established in Russian history. The book chronicles the Academy's foundation and function; analyzes its contribution to Russian educational practice and to the secularization of Russian elite culture; and situates the Academy in the contexts of Russian-Greek cultural relations and of the increased contact between Russia and Western Europe in the seventeenth century. This first ever book-length study on the Academy in English will be of use not only to scholars of Russian, Balkan and Greek history, but also to specialists on religion and to historians of education. Given that the intersection of education and secularization is a central problem of humanistic scholarship and investigation, I also believe that my book will be of considerable interest to both scholars and general audiences in the humanities.