John Mikitish

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Major Field: Medieval Slavic Literature

Minor Field: Classical Tibetan Literature

Research Interests: medieval Slavic literature and the Church Slavic literary tradition, from origins to the present day; hymnography; hagiography; translation; uses of Scripture and scriptural translation and interpretation in the Church Slavic literary tradition; traditional philological methods and practice; contemporary literary theory and pre-modern reading and hermeneutics; Russian Orthodoxy (sensu lato) and Roman Catholicism; ecclesiastical book culture (including both manuscript and printed books); prayer books. Focuses of research and translation projects have included St Demetrius of Rostov, Avvakum, and St Seraphim (Zvezdinskij) of Dmitrov. I am dedicated to reading Orthodox Slavic sacred writers as part of the Eastern Orthodox Patristic heritage. I also have a burgeoning academic interest in Tibetan Buddhism, especially in Siberia during the Imperial and Soviet periods. I wish I knew more about Slavia Romana.

Education:

M.Div., 2016, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, co-valedictorian, summa cum laude, commendation for thesis

B.A., Russian and Eastern European Studies, 2013, Yale University, summa cum laude and honors in major

Degree Projects:

M.Div. thesis: A Liturgical and Devotional History of Akathist Hymns. Advisor: Alexander Rentel.

B.A. senior essay: Three Letters of the Archpriest Avvakum. Advisor: Harvey Goldblatt.

Awards:

Nani Deb Memorial Prize in Asian Religions, 2017

As an undergraduate:

Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize, 2013

Scott Prize in Russian, 2013

Wolfgang Leonhard Prize, co-winner, 2013

Editorial Positions:

Series Editor, Treasures of Orthodox Spirituality, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017–

Publications:

As Translator:

Jesus Crucified: The Baroque Spirituality of St Dimitry of Rostov. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2017.

Kanonik: A Book of Canons. A Supplement to Orthodox Christian Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. (in press; expected 2019)

Have Mercy on Me: An Anthology of Russian Hymns and Prayers. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press. (MS due by January 1st, 2019)

As editor/translator:

Orthodox Christian Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. Co-edited with Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak). (expected Fall 2018)

A Web Supplement to Orthodox Christian Prayers. South Canaan, PA: St Tikhon’s Monastery Press. Co-edited with Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak). (a work in progress; title may change; expected 2019)

Other:

I also have several other publication projects in the earliest stages of planning and work, including translations of the Lives of Russian Ascetics and Struggles of Piety of the 18th and 19th Centuries, in 12 vols. (plus supplements), by St Nicodemus of Belgorod; the homilies on the Passion and the dramatic works of St Dimitry of Rostov; the homilies of St Seraphim of Dmitrov; and a collection Greek hymns and prayers including works from the medieval period up to the present