The conference was held at the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany (September 19-20, 2013) and was organized by Kain and Dr. Wolfram von Scheliha (University of Leipzig). It involved twenty-four scholars, including historians, art historians, philologists and museum studies specialists, from the US, Germany, Russia, France, The Netherlands, Israel, Rumania and Japan.
The meeting was funded by a 30,000 Euro grant from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung (Germany) which was awarded to von Scheliha and Kain.
The revised conference papers will be published in a volume edited by von Scheliha and Kain (University of Leipzig Press). Reviews of the meeting are scheduled to appear in American, German and Russian scholarly forums (online and in print) in the immediate future. In addition to co-organizing and co-hosting the meeting, Kain presented a paper on “The Living Image of Patriarch Nikon,” chaired two panels and led a Roundtable discussion on “Perspectives on future research and international and interdisciplinary cooperation.”
Kevin Kain received his Ph.D. in History from WMU in 2004. His supervising professor was Dr. John Norman.