Lecture Week: "Religion and the State in Russia and the CIS Countries"

Lecturer: Dr Alicja Curanović, assistant professor at the Institute of International Relations, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw

 

Date: April 29, 2013, 18:00-20:00
Venue: Institute for East European, Garystr. 55, 14195 Berlin, Hörsaal A
Lecture:
Saints have little to do with it: Religious Diplomacy of the Russian Federation

 

Abstract

Religion plays a few roles in a life of societies, e.g. it serves as a source of political legitimatisation, identity factor and, in terms of a dynamically changing world, it can still explain the reality and provide sense of life. In case of post-socialistic countries rediscovering religion also means regaining forgotten heritage, historical memory and, last but not least, reconstructing national identity. The former Soviet republics are good examples of these phenomena. Among many various manifestations of religion’s resurgence in Russia’s public sphere there is a growing convergence of the activity of the state and religious organisations in the field of domestic affairs as well as on the international arena. Russian tradition of using religious institutions for the purposes of the state policy, including diplomacy, has a long history and the Soviet period was not an exception.


Date: May 2, 2013: 18:00-20:00
Venue: Institute for East European, Garystr. 55, 14195 Berlin, Hörsaal A

Lecture: Post-Soviet Religious Model? Reflections on State-Church Relations in the CIS Area

 

Abstract

After the fall of the USSR a new modus vivendi of state-church relations had to be worked out in the former Soviet republics. The object of this lecture  is to present a synthetic picture of the postsoviet religious model. So far, this process is the most advanced in the Russian Federation – and the model emerging in the biggest state of the former USSR might serve as a natural point of reference for other countries from the ‘near abroad’.

 

Bio

Alicja Curanović holds PhD in political science (PhD thesis: The Religious Factor in the Foreign policy of the Russian Federation). She is currently assistant professor at the Institute of International Relations, the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. Her research interests are, inter alia, international relations in the post-Soviet area; Russian foreign policy; religious factor in international relations; perception, identity and image in politics. Her latest monograph - "The Religious Factor in Russia's Foreign Policy" (Rotuledge 2012).

For information on the Lecture Week, please contact Dr. Julia Gerlach, julia.gerlach@fu-berlin.de