Senior Lecturer Kevin Kain (Humanities and History) is a member of an international research project entitled “Orthodoxies and Politics” awarded a $1,450,000.00 grant by the European Research Council. Former UWGB Visiting International Scholar Ovidiu-Victor Olar (Austrian Academy of Sciences) is the principal investigator. The project will investigate the religious reforms of Early Modern Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and run from 2022 through 2026. Kain will conduct and present archival research on the “Nikonian reforms” and conception of “New Jerusalem” in seventeenth-century Russia. He will receive research and writing stipends, travel funding to Russia and Europe as well as a book contract with the publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.