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Medieval Slavic Summer Institute
The Ohio State University
June 23-July 18, 2008

The Hilandar Research Library (HRL)/Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS) and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures (DSEELL) at The Ohio State University will host a four-week intensive Summer Institute for qualified graduate students in Columbus, Ohio, June 23-July 18, 2008. The Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) will offer: Practical Slavic Palaeography (Slavic 814) and Readings in Church Slavonic (Slavic 812). All lectures will be in English.

Manuscript material on microform from the Hilandar Research Library's extensive holdings forms a large part of the lectures and exercises.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work with original manuscripts and to conduct their own individualized research on manuscript collections materials found in the HRL. Also planned is a program of lectures on related topics and other activities.

Applicants must be graduate students with a B.A. degree and with a reading knowledge of Cyrillic and of at least one Slavic language.

Preference will be given to applicants with reading knowledge of Old Church Slavonic or some other pre-modern Slavic language.

The Hilandar Research Library, the largest repository of medieval Slavic Cyrillic texts on microform in the world, includes the holdings from over 100 monastic, private, museum, and library collections of twenty-one countries. There are over 5,000 Cyrillic manuscripts on microform in the HRL, as well as over 700 Cyrillic early printed books from prior to 1800 on microform. The holdings range from the eleventh to twentieth centuries, with a particularly strong collection of manuscripts from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. About half of the manuscripts are East Slavic, with much of the remainder South Slavic in provenience.

For further information about the HRL/RCMSS, visit its website

See issues of the HRL/RCMSS newsletter, Cyrillic Manuscript Heritage, on the HRL/RCMSS website for an account of MSSI 1999 (issue #6), MSSI 2001 (issue #10), MSSI 2003 (issue #14) and MSSI 2006 (issue #20). The OSU Slavic Department website address is

For further information on eligibility, credit, housing, financial aid, and to obtain an application to the MSSI, please contact the HRL/ RCMSS at or Hilandar Research Library and Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, 610 Ackerman Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202-4500.

Deadline for receipt of application: 21 March 2008.

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