ІІІ International Research Conference on the History of Arms and Armor

Dear Colleagues!

We are honored to invite you to the Third International Research Conference on the History of Arms and Armor. It will take place on June, 12–15th, 2018 in Kyiv (Ukraine).

The founders of Conference are: the National Conservation Area «St. Sophia of Kyiv» (UNESCO, Kyiv, Ukraine), the National Museum of Military History of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine), the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine), The Fund for Research of Ancient Civilization (NY, USA), the Center of Arms & Armor Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine).

The purposes of the Conference are: introduction into scientific circulation of new sources on the history of arms and armor, development of international scientific cooperation in the studies of military history, history of arts and martial arts, studies of historical arms and armor in museums and private collections in Ukraine and worldwide, discussion of the methods of study, preservation and restoration of historical weapons.

The Conference consists of the three parts:
Part I (Day 1-2). «History of Arms and Armor». Plenary lectures in the National Museum of Military History of Ukraine.
Part II. (Day 3). «Swords and Saints, Medieval Weaponry in Context». Plenary lectures in the National Conservation Area «St. Sophia of Kyiv».
Part III. (Day 4). Plenary lectures and workshops on the methods of the study of historical weapons (National Museum of Military History of Ukraine) and the reproduction of arms and armor ancient crafting technologies (Golden Gates of Kyiv). Historical weapons and law (National Conservation Area «St. Sophia of Kyiv»).

The main topics of the Conference:
— history of arms & armor, problems of methodology, terminology;
— studies of general issues of the history of arms and armor and traditional martial arts;
— studies of various samples of historical weapons from state and private collections, representation of little known but largely valuable museums, galleries, and collections;
— relationship between weaponry, trading, culture and religion in Medieval Europe and neighboring regions;
— issues of archaeometallugy, conservation and restoration of historical arms and armor;
— discussion on the following matters: crimes against art, International Art and cultural Heritage Law, issues of the recovery of stolen art and cultural property, attempts to recover postwar cultural property.

Deadlines:

Applications form, submission of abstract and full article – BEFORE May 15, 2018.
Conference desk opens – June 12, 2018.

Contacts:

Institute of History of Ukraine NASU — Dr. Denys Toichkin
 (mobile phone +380503841786), denisvt68@gmail.com.