News and reports about the project

On July 5th 2019 in the radio broadcast Kulturni fokus (Cultural Focus) of the Radio-Television of Slovenia the first Slovenian translation with commentary of the East Slavic literary texts from the 11th and 12th centuries titled Pismenost in kultura Kijevske Rusije: prevod in komentar izbranih tekstov [Literacy and Culture of Kievan Rus': Translation and Commentary of Selected Texts] was presented. This edition was published by the Scientific Publishing of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. As a co-author of the book, one of the participants in the mentioned broadcast was also Simon Malmenvall PhD. He particularly shed light on the meaning of the martyrdom of the Princes Boris and Gleb in a broader (literary-)historical and theological perspective.

On September 26th 2019 the public presentation of the first Slovenian edition of the main works of East Slavic medieval literature from the Kievan period – titled Pismenost in kultura Kijevske Rusije: prevod in komentar izbranih tekstov [Literacy and Culture of Kievan Rus': Translation and Commentary of Selected Texts] – was organized in the Russian Center of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Ljubljana. This book was published by the Scientific Publishing of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. As a co-author of the book, one of the participants in the mentioned presentation was also Simon Malmenvall PhD. He particularly shed light on the meaning of the martyrdom of the Princes Boris and Gleb in a broader (literary-)historical and theological perspective. For more details, read the report (in Russian language) on the official website of RCSC.

At the beginning of December 2019 Simon Malmenvall PhD published his scientific monograph titled Culture of Kievan Rus’ and Christian Historical Consciousness. This monograph was published by the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana. The entire length of the monograph is 313 pages. One of the most important chapters (pp. 203-243) within the central section of the monograph is dedicated to the Princes Boris and Gleb and the phenomenon of the ruler martyrs on the periphery of medieval Europe.

On December 17th 2019 Simon Malmenvall PhD held a lecture at the prestigious Historical Seminar of the Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Science and Arts titled “Ruler Martyrs on the Periphery of Medieval Europe: Kievan Rus’, Norway, and Dioclea.” This lecture brought an overview and accentuated the main (initial) results of the project.

Between January 30th and February 1st 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD took active participation at the international scientific conference in Warsaw organized by the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Centre of Byzantine Research of the Oxford University. The title of the conference was: “The World of the Slavs: Forgotten Meeting Place of Different Cultures; Christian Russia in the Making.” Malmenvall presented his paper: “Ruler Martyrs on the Periphery of Medieval Europe (Kievan Rus’, Dioclea, Norway): A Comparative Overview.”

In March 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD became a member of the Editorial Board of the Ukrainian scholarly journal in the field of history and regional studies titled Galychyna. This journal is issued by the Precarpathian National University of Vasyl Stefanyk in Ivano-Frankivsk.

On April 8th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD participated in the radio broadcast Glasovi svetov (Voices of the Worlds) of the Radio-Television of Slovenia where he spoke about the phenomenon of ruler martyrs on the northern and eastern periphery of medieval Europe. This broadcast is a representative example of a holistic dissemination of the mentioned subject among the wider (Slovenian) audience.

On July 15th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD held a lecture in Radovljica (north-western Slovenia) titled: “Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Ruler Martyrs in the Middle Ages.” This lecture was organized by the Cultural Society Sotočje and intended for a wider audience from the civil society and local community.

In October 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD became a member of the Editorial board of the Slovene scholarly journal in the field of theology and religious studies titled Edinost in dialog (Unity and Dialogue). This journal is issued by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology.

On November 6th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD received the prestigious international Danubius Young Scientist Award granted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research in collaboration with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission for extraordinary achievements in scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube Region (states of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy and its eastern neighbors).

In December 2020 the monthly magazine on society and culture Slovenski čas (Slovenian Time) published the interview with Simon Malmenvall PhD. The content of this interview addressed also the project on ruler martyrs on the periphery of medieval Europe.

On December 8th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD held a pre-Christmas lesson on behalf of the Faculty of Law and Business Studies at the Catholic Institute. The lesson titled “Can Political Leaders Become Saints? The Case of Ruler Martyrs on the Periphery of Europe” [Original title in Slovene: Ali so oblastniki lahko svetniki? Primer vladarskih mučencev na obrobju Evrope] brought an overview of the (current) results of the research project, intended for a wider audience.

On December 14th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD was invited by the Center of Medieval Studies at the Precarpathian National University (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) to hold a lesson titled “Ruler Martyrs on the Periphery of Europe: Boris and Gleb (Rus’), Jovan Vladimir (Dioclea), Magnus Erlendsson (Orkney Islands)” [Original title in Ukrainian: Володарі-мученики на околицях Європи: Борис і Гліб (Русь), Іоанн Володимир (Дукля), Магнус Ерлендссон (Оркнейськи Острови)]. This lesson was organized as the first online seminar marking the 5th anniversary of the mentioned Center of Medieval Studies.

On December 15th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD participated in the radio broadcast Od slike do besede (From Picture to the Word) at the Radio Ognjišče (Fireplace) where he spoke about his scientific monograph Culture of Kievan Rus’ and Christian Historical Consciousness (2019), concerning also the research project.

On December 25th 2020 Simon Malmenvall PhD participated in the radio broadcast Kulturni fokus (Cultural Focus) of the Radio-Television of Slovenia. Through this broadcast he spoke to a wider audience on the complex process of Christianization among medieval Slavs. A part of the explained content was dedicated to the research project.

On April 2nd 2021 Simon Malmenvall PhD participated in the radio broadcast Podobe znanja (Images of Knowledge) of the Radio-Television of Slovenia. Through this broadcast he spoke to a wider audience on the medieval Christian historical consciousness and its reflection in the phenomenon of ruler martyrs on the periphery of Europe.

In April 2021 Simon Malmenvall PhD published his scholarly monograph (written in English) titled: Ruler Martyrs on the Periphery of Medieval Europe: Boris and Gleb of Kievan Rus’, Jovan Vladimir of Dioclea, and Magnus Erlendsson of Orkney. This book, published by the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Orthodox Theology, presents the main result and synthesis of the author’s research project on ruler martyrs.