Elaine Fitzback

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Elaine Fitzback Davies is working on her PhD in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales in Lampeter, where her dissertation is on the topic Why are Marian icons used for protection?. Marian icons have been venerated as palladiums, protectors of households, and spiritual protectors. She is looking at a variety of influences including theological, mariological, psychological, and sociological influences. Working under the supervision of Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos, an orthodox Christian theologian, she hopes to finish in early 2011. (12/2009)


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad