Pluralism and Religious Nationalism in Contemporary Russia

February 10, 2013

A guest lecture by Sergei Shtyrkov (European University at St. Petersburg) and Jeanne Kormina (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg)

February 20, 12noon – 1.30pm          Venue: AQ 6106

Abstract: Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork among Russian Orthodox Christians, and their Muslim neighbors in the North Caucasus (Republic of North Ossetia), Shtyrkov and Kormina will illuminate the role of religious pluralism and contemporary manifestations of ethnic nationalisms. Religion as a claim to ethnic identity and interethnic alliances will be addressed as well as the attempts by members of minority religions to demonstrate their loyalty to the state. Russia’s central and local authorities are taking a complicated and sometimes contradictory stance between commitment to Russia’s history of religious pluralism and favoring the Russian Orthodox Church. The speakers’ long-term research allows them to trace how members of different religious groups encounter and respond to these shifting and uncertain social realities.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Department of History;
Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Social Science Research Council