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Dr. L.A. (Liliya) Berezhnaya

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Dr. Liliya Berezhnaya studied history at Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia. She completed her doctoral studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and worked afterwards for Pasts Inc. Center for Historical Studies at the same University. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich for two years and till 2021 an Assistant Professor at the University of Münster’s Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence in Germany. Berezhnaya is currently a Research Associate at the University of Amsterdam and a Self-supporting Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. Her research interests are focused on comparative borderland studies, imperial and national discourses in Eastern European history, symbolic geography and the construction of ‘the other’, Ukrainian religious and cultural history and eschatological notions in Christian traditions.

    She is the author of the books: Die Militarisierung der Heiligen in Vormoderne und Moderne (Duncker & Humblot: Berlin, 2020); Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema Since 1989 (Brill: Leiden, 2013; co-edited with Christian Schmitt); Rampart Nations: Bulwark Myths of East European Multiconfessional Societies in the Age of Nationalism (Berghahn: New York, 2019; co-edited with Heidi Hein-Kircher); and The World to Come: Ukrainian Images of the Last Judgment (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Mass., 2015; co-authored with John-Paul Himka).

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  • Publications




    • Berezhnaya, L. (2017). "True Faith" and Salvation: In the works of Ipatii Potii, Meletii Smotryts'kyi, and in early-modern Ruthenian testaments. Cahiers du Monde russe, 58(3), 435-464.


    • Berezhnaya, L. (2015). Diplomatische Gaben des Moskauer Reichs und Polen-Litauens in der zweiten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts. Symbolische Kommunikation zwischen Zaren, Königen und Hetmanen. Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas, 63(1), 69-98.
    • Berezhnaya, L. A., & Himka, J-P. (2015). The World to Come. Ukrainian Images of the Last Judgment. Harvard University.


    • Berezhnaya, L. (2013). Longing for the empire: State and orthodox church in Russian religious films. In L. Berezhnaya, & C. Schmitt (Eds.), Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989 (pp. 99-120). (Central and Eastern Europe; Vol. 3). Brill.
    • Berezhnaya, L. A., & Schmitt, C. (Eds.) (2013). Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989. ( Central and Eastern Europe; No. 3). Brill.
    • Berezhnaya, L., & Schmitt, C. (2013). Introduction. In L. Berezhnaya, & C. Schmitt (Eds.), Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989 (pp. 1-31). (Central and Eastern Europe; Vol. 3). Brill.


    • BereŽnaja, L. (2009). Der kiewer kirchenstreit Žerinnerungsorte" der konfessionen. Osteuropa, 59(6), 171-188, 331.


    • Berezhnaya, L. (participant), Hein-Kircher, H. (organiser) & Paulmann, J. (organiser) (28-6-2021). Sacralization of History in (contemporary) Eastern Europe. Actors – Networks – Topics (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • Ancillary activities
    • KU Leuven
      Self-supporting Visiting Professor