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Wednesday, March 6 • 16:45 - 18:45
#6/360.2 – Negotiating the Soviet Past: Memory, Politics and Religion in Russia

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This working group addresses a variety of issues related to the ways the Soviet past is negotiated in post-Soviet Russia: it is still ambivalent whether the “post” in this name means break or continuity. Our group intends to understand what it means exactly, given the complex repulsion/nostalgia attitudes we can observe towards it. Religion is one of the major factors in this memory work. It has to do with a moral and theological assessment of the sovietness as clenched between the images of heroics, power and the catastrophe of GULAG. Religion conceived as a chain of memory, is central in negotiating the place of the Soviet past within the longue durée history of Russia, since it is involved in the debates around the content of tradition. We invite to this working group all those who study various aspects of how religion is engaged with the memory and legacy of the Soviet past: it includes groups or individual of any confession, secular state-sponsored, public or private associations.

  • Marianna Napolitano (Fscire)
  • Katja Tolstaya (INaSEC - Institute for the Academic Study of Eastern-European Christianity / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Anastasia Mitrofanova (Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation / Rggu) - The Immortal Regiment in the Religious Context
  • Svetlana Ryazanova (Perm Federal Research Center of Ural Division of Russian Academy of Sciences) - Religious behavior of Orthodox believers as a part of the Soviet heritage
  • Kathy Rousselet (Sciences Po - Centre de Recherches Internationales) - The veneration of Nicholas II in post-Soviet Russia
  • Alfons Bruening (IvOC Nijmegen / PThU Amsterdam) - Morality and Patriotism: Soviet legacy of the Post-Soviet ROC?

  • Sergei Chapnin (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Fscire)

Language: English


Katja Tolstaya

INaSEC - Institute for the Academic Study of Eastern-European Christianity; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Sergei Chapnin

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Fscire

Anastasia Mitrofanova

Finance University Under the Government of the Russian Federation

Svetlana Ryazanova

Perm Federal Research Center, Ural division of Russia Academy of Sciences

Kathy Rousselet

Sciences Po - Centre de Recherches Internationales

Alfons Bruening

IvOC Nijmegen; PThU Amsterdam


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