Department of History

History Scholar Awarded a Prestigious Fellowship in Germany

Iryna Mykhailova is a Ukrainian scholar, who has obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2011). She majored in the history of Medieval and Renaissance philosophy. Her doctoral thesis focused on the theoretical relations between Florentine Neo-Platonic thinkers Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and the German theologian Nicholas of Cusa. Since 2012, Iryna has been teaching various courses in philosophy at the Kyiv National Linguistic University.

In 2013, Iryna won a Fulbright scholarship and spent an academic year 2014-2015 as a visiting researcher at SUNY Albany, Department of History. Her research project in the field of intellectual history was devoted to the life and legacy of German-American exile historian of philosophy Paul Oskar Kristeller. Her research advisor at SUNY Albany was Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Monfasani, owing to whom Iryna has successfully completed her research and learnt important aspects of the history research methodology. Iryna is sure that her fruitful and inspiring collaboration with Professor Monfasani was a crucial step in her academic career. At the end of her stay, Iryna has shared the results of her research through the colloquium at the Department of History (May 4, 2015). She also has published an article on complicated personal and philosophical relations between P.O. Kristeller and German philosopher K. Jaspers, who was Kristeller’s teacher at the University of Heidelberg. The article was published in the Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie (Band 62, 2015).

Iryna was very well welcomed in the Department of History. During the nine months spent at SUNY Albany, she experienced friendly attitude and support of the members of History Department. Iryna recollects her stay at SUNY Albany as a productive time spent in a vivid intellectual environment. In her opinion, communication with the members of the department has not only enriched her professionally, but without any exaggerations has changed her life. She has gained new friends and precious experience of intercultural communication. She started to believe more in herself and her ability to conduct high quality research in the international level. Iryna feels very thankful to all people in Albany, who supported her in and outside the university. Iryna hopes that once she will come back to Albany. Certainly, Iryna expresses her gratitude to the Fulbright Program in Ukraine, which enabled her trip to the United States.

While exploring Kristeller’s legacy, Iryna got interested in German-American exile intellectuals and decided to concentrate on this subject. In March 2017, she was awarded a Moritz Stern Fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies offered by the Lichtenberg-Kolleg – the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany. The fellowship is awarded from 1 October 2017 till 31 July 2019. Iryna’s research project focuses on six prominent German-American Renaissance scholars, who had to escape Germany in 1930-1940 and settled in the United States. The working title of the project is “Humanism in Exile: German Renaissance Scholars in the United States”. Iryna plans to study experiences of German exile intellectuals in the United States and determine their contribution to the American intellectual life. Iryna plans to arrange the results of her research in series of articles as well as share them through conferences and presentations at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg.

The full name of the Fellowship is Moritz Stern Fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies: Cultural, Intellectual and Literary History

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