Liliya Berezhnaya

Visiting Professor

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51

Dr. Liliya Berezhnaya was till 2021 Associate Professor at the University of Münster’s Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence in Germany and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. She earned her MA degree from Moscow State University, and her MA and PhD in history from the Central European University. Later she has also worked for Pasts Inc. Center for Historical Studies at CEU.

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


Ph.D. in history, Summa Cum Laude, Central European University, History Department, Budapest
MA in history, Central European University, History Department, Budapest
MA in history, Summa Cum Laude, Moscow State Lomonosov University, History Department, Moscow