Mapping Eastern Europe is a new digital and interactive platform intended to promote study, research, and teaching about the history, art, and culture of Eastern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries among students, teachers, scholars, and the wider public.

Users can access content written by specialists in the form of historical and thematic overviews, art historical case studies and videos, short notices about ongoing research projects, and reviews of recent books and exhibitions. The historical overviews offer concise accounts of key regions of Eastern Europe and their interactions with neighbors during the period in question, offering historical details related to political, economic, military, social, and religious matters that would supplement the material presented on the site. The thematic overviews explore topics and themes related to theology, liturgy, iconographies, key historical figures and events, etc., creating connections between different regions across Eastern Europe and offering a comparative approach. The case studies and videos focus on the visual and material culture of the regions set against the backdrop of the historical context, and also introduce methodological and theoretical questions that could be pursued further in classes, teaching, or research. The ongoing projects allow scholars to present and disseminate in brief their ideas and work. Finally, the reviews of recent books and exhibitions enable readers to learn more about current scholarship and exhibitions that may not be easily accessible otherwise. The content on the site is regularly updated with new scholarship and contributions.

The initial stages of development for this project (July - December 2020) have been made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.”

Enhancements to the website and specific commissions related to Byzantium have been sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture in the period between March and December 2022.

The Advocacy Seed Grant from the International Center of Medieval Art has helped further grow this project in the period between July and December 2021. The ICMA grant sponsored content related to medieval art.

The project has also received support from Tufts University.

Mapping Eastern Europe aims to make the material evidence known and accessible, and thereby help expand the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval, early modern, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine art, architecture, and visual culture. The project stems from the North of Byzantium initiative, which probes the history, art, and culture of the northern frontiers of the Byzantine Empire in Eastern Europe between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Team
Co-Founders and Editors: Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan
Assistant Editor: Rileigh Clarke (September 2021 – ); Sarah Mathiesen (July 2020 – July 2021)
Designer and developer: Andrew Janco

Jakub Adamski, Anna Adashinskaya, Paschalis Androudis, Maria D. Anghel, Roland Betancourt, Jelena Bogdanović, Nevena Bogojević, Emanuela Cernea, Ovidiu Cristea, Iuliana Damian, Aleksandra Davidov Temerinski, Constantine Dolmas, Jakov Đorđević, Andrei Dumitrescu, Özlem Eren, Snežana Filipova, Anđela Gavrilović, Gabriel-Dinu Herea, Franka Horvat, Vladimir Ivanovici, Gregory J. Leighton, Dimitris Liakos, Nicholas Melvani, Nikos Mertzimekis, Cosmin Minea, Elisabeta Negrău, Dragoș Gh. Năstăsoiu, Anastasios Ntouros, Ovidiu Olar, Thaleia Panagiotopoulou, Anita Paolicchi, Georgi Parpulov, Agnieszka Patala, Elias Petrou, Nikola Piperski, Elena Dana Prioteasa, Christian Raffensperger, James A. Rodriguez, Maria Alessia Rossi, Grant Schrama, Maria Shevelkina, Ida Sinkević, Vlada Stanković, Ivan Stevović, Alice Isabella Sullivan, Nicole Paxton Sullo, Marka Tomić-Đurić, Sofija Trpčevski, Flavia Vanni, Yannis D. Varalis, Jessica Varsallona, Ljubica Vinulović, Dragan Vojvodić, Margarita Voulgaropoulou, Justin Willson, Lilyana Yordanova, Olga Yunak, Valentina Živković

Terms of Use
This is a not-for-profit project. The textual and visual information on this site should be properly cited as indicated in the citations, and is not to be used for commercial purposes. The copyright remains with the authors and the respective institutions that provided the visual material.