Church History Group


Serhii Shumylo, Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Serhii Shumylo is a research fellow of the Institute of History of Ukraine at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies of the National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts, and Director of the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy. He has worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Münster, Germany. He received his PhD in History degree from the National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts (Kyiv, Ukraine) and a his ThDr degree in Theology from the Faculty of Theology, University of Prešov (Prešov, Slovakia). He specializes in the history of spiritual and cultural links with Mount Athos, as well as the history of the Orthodox anti-Soviet opposition underground in the USSR. He is the author of 11 books on the history of Orthodox Church and also about 100 scientific articles. He was the founder and publisher of the scientific almanac Athonite Heritage. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded him the title of Honoured Worker of Culture of Ukraine and the National Union of Local Historians of Ukraine awarded him the title of Honoured Local Historian of Ukraine.

Nataliia Sinkevych, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Munich, Germany)

Nataliia Sinkevych is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History of the University of Munich. She received her PhD in History degree from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (Kyiv, Ukraine). Her research interests include intellectual life and religious views, confessional controversies and influences, history of library collections, and historiographical tradition in Early-Modern Ukraine (17th century). In 2020 she defended her doctoral degree in theology with the topic “The Religiosæ Kijovienses Cryptæ by Johannes Herbinius (1675): A Description of Kyiv and Its ‘Sacral Space’ in Early Modern Multiconfessional Discourse” at the Karl Eberhard University of Tübingen. She is the author of three books and more than 100 articles on church history.

Steering Committee:

Dr. Joseph Faragalla, University of Munich (Munich, Germany)
Scott Kenworthy, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA)
Dimitrios Moschos, University of Athens (Athens, Greece)
Jerzy Ostapczuk, Christian Theological Academy (Warsaw, Poland)