ІІІ International Research Conference on the History of Arms and Armor

Dear Colleagues!

Third International Research Conference on the History of Arms and Armor took place on June, 12–15th, 2018 in Kyiv (Ukraine).

The founders of Conference were: 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 Conference was a part of the Third Ukrainian Arms Biennale "Arms - the Right for Dignity" that held in Kyiv in June 12-16, 2018.

The purposes of the Conference were: 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 consisted of the two parts:
Part I (Day 1-2). «History of Arms and Armor». Plenary lectures and workshops on the methods of the study of historical weapons in the National Museum of Military History of Ukraine.
Part II. (Day 3). «Swords and Saints, Medieval Weaponry and Material Culture of Kievan Rus». Plenary lectures in the 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, material culture of Kievan Rus;
— issues of archaeometallurgy, 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.

Remote participation:

Every participant outside of Ukraine could join our Conference online. We successfully used Skype software to establish live communication (audio & video)



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

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