Sean Griffin

Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Sean Griffin is a philologist and historian, who specializes in both the most ancient and most recent periods of Russian and Ukrainian civilization. His interdisciplinary research focuses on topics as diverse as medieval chronicles, contemporary Russian politics and culture, and the resurgence of religion in post-Soviet Ukraine. His first book, The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019.

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HB 6085

Selected publications

The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, Fourth Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

‘Putin’s Medieval Weapons in the War against Ukraine’. Studies in Medievalism, v. 29. Karl Fugelso (ed.). Suffolk, UK: Boydell and Brewer. Forthcoming.

‘Rus’. Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Fourth edition. Andrew Louth (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

«Аки деньица предъ слн҃цмь: литургические истоки изображения княгини Ольги в Повести временных лет». Древняя Русь. Вопросы медиевистики, no. 2 (90). Moscow: Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences. Forthcoming.

«Евхаристический подтекст мученичества князей Бориса и Глеба». Вестник Санкт-Петербургского Университета. История, v. 65. St Petersburg: St Petersburg University Press. Forthcoming.

«Византийская литургия и создание Повести временных лет». Ruthenica, v. 15. Kiev: Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2019, pp. 7-44.

‘V. V. Rozanov’. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Megan Swift (ed.). London: Routledge, 2016.

‘Le baptême d’Ol’ga dans le Récit des temps passés ou le palimpseste liturgique’. Ecrire et reécrire l’histoire russe, d’Ivan Terrible à V.O Kliuchevskii. Pierre Gonneau (ed.). Paris: Institut d’études slaves, 2015, pp. 159-69.

Works in progress

The Medieval Mystique in Putin’s Russia (monograph) 

The War of the Patriarchs in Post-Soviet Ukraine  (monograph)

Russian Orthodoxy in the North Pacific (documentary film)