A member of UCU Humanities Department received the Jerzy Giedroyc from the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 13:32
At the beginning of February 2015, a member of UCU Humanities Department, Ivan Almes, received the First Award for the best M.A. thesis within the framework of the Eight Jerzy Giedroyc Competition by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine.

Dean of Humanities, Ihor Skochylas, recounts that the competition is conducted with the goal of acknowledging the best Baccalaureate Diploma, Master’s Degree, and Doctoral theses and dissertations, dedicated to the history of contemporary Poland as well as to Polish-Ukrainain relations. In all, there were some 26 works submitted, which were evalauted by a special jury of leading scholars from Poland and Ukraine: Olia Hnatiuk (Chairperson of the Jury), Bogumila Berdykhovska, Jan Jacek Bruskyj, Leonid Zashkilniak, Gzhegozh Motyka, Mykola Riabchuk, Danuta Sosnovska, Teresa Khynchevska-Hennel, Tetiana Chernysh, Nataliya Yakovenko.

His M.A. thesis, “Library of the Krekhiv Monastery in the 17-18th centuries: history, holdings and contents of the library fund (according to the materials of the inventory descriptions)”, Ivan Almes defended in 2014 at the History Department of Ivan Franko Lviv National University and, at present, under the direction of the Dean of UCU Huamnities Department, Professor Ihor Skoczylas, he is writing his doctoral dissertation on the book repertory of the libraries of the monasteries of the Eastern Rite in the 17-18th centuries.

Ivan Almes relates that the Krekhiv Monastry Library did not survive until today (as well as other monastery book collections of those times), however, on the basis of inventory descriptions of the monastery, he was successful in creating a bibliographical reconstruction of the library holdings. According to the researcher, in its time, the Krekhiv Monastery Library represented in it the collection of books in Latin, Polish, Russian, and Italian languages of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestent writers from Ukrainian lands, Western European lands and, especially many, from Rzech Pospolita.

In the opinion of the historian, the book repertory of the given monstery is a clear example of the synthesis of Eastern and Western cultural traditions in Orthodox and Uniate monastery book collections on Ukrainian lands of the Early Modern Period.

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