Seminar "Hijacking religion in Russia: competing discourses around Russian Orthodoxy and Russian Nationalism"

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) IRES, Gamla torget 6, 4 vån, rum 4219B
  • Föreläsare: Edwin Bacon (Researcher at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln)
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  • Arrangör: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Kontaktperson: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Telefon: 018 471 1630
  • Föreläsning

In nationalism theory, the category ‘religion’ can refer both to an identity attached to a people group, and to an articulated and reasoned value-based position taken by an élite. Even this bifurcation remains imprecise. Populist and nationalist political actors have been charged in recent years with ‘hijacking’ religion as an identity whilst being at odds with members and leaders of religion’s practising communities. Their discourse tends towards values of exclusivity, division, and animosity to ‘the other’. Exploring the case of the relationship between Russian Orthodoxy and Russian nationalism allows a comparison of such nationalist discourse with the nationalism of the Russian Orthodox Church and of celebrated Russian Orthodox philosophers such as Solovev, Berdyaev, and Il’in. This case shines light on the existence of a religio-nationalism that emphases values such as inclusivity and benevolence.