New Religious Histories:
Rethinking Religion and Secularization in 20th Century Ukraine and Russia
March 25-27, 2010
Penn State University
This conference seeks to explore the myriad forms of religious expression and religious practice that occurred in Soviet society in light of the secularist policies of the Soviet state. The goal is to consider how particularities of Soviet secularism, including its periods of intensification and relaxation, shaped the forms religious expressions took in Soviet Russia and Ukraine and to go beyond considering secularization in terms of the formation of policies and analyze how those policies were experienced and variably implemented across regions, over time, and in response to perceptions of local religious practice.
4:00 Thursday, March 25, 2010, 102 Weaver
Inaugural Woskob Annual Lecture in Ukrainian Studies
Serhii Plokhy, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
The Echoes of Yalta: Ukraine and The Religious Division of Europe, 1945-1946
7:30 – 9:30 Film Screening, “No. 4 Street of Our Lady” with film maker Judy Maltz
Carnegie Cinema. The film tells the story of a woman in Sokal, then Eastern Poland, now Ukraine, who hid three Jewish families and a German soldier who deserted during World War II, all the while passing herself off as a Nazi sympathizer. Before the war there were 6,000 Jews in Sokal. Only 30 survived, half of whom were hidden by the woman at No 4 Street of Our Lady. The film is based on Judy Maltz’s grandfather’s dairy, which he kept during his two and a half years in hiding in Sokal.
Friday, March 26, 2010
9:00-10:00 Olga Bertelsen, Penn State, History
Operational Passion and Patience: GPU-NKVD Repressions of Jews in Ukraine, 1920s- 1930s
Discussant: Greg Freeze, Brandeis, History
10:00-11:00 John-Paul Himka, University of Alberta, History and Classics
Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky and the Holocaust
Discussant: Greg Eghghian, Penn State, History and Science, Technology and Society
11:15-12:15 Scott Kenworthy, Miami University of Ohio, History and Religious Studies
The Revival of Monastic Life in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra after World War II.
Discussant: Gregg Roebber, Penn State, History and Religious Studies
1:45-2:45 Nadieszda Kizenko, University at Albany, History
Confession in Modern Russia and Ukraine
Discussant: Vera Shevzov, Smith College, History
2:45-3:45 Stella Rock, Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society
Has Moscow not forgotten St Seraphim?’ Public and private defiance of Soviet anti-pilgrimage measures in Russia
Discussant: Linda Ivanits, Penn State, Slavic Languages and Literatures
4:00- 5:00 Olena Panych, Donetsk Christian University
Space and Time of Suffering: Soviet Past in the Memoirs and Narratives of Evangelical Christian Baptists
Discussant: Catherine Wanner, Penn State, History and Anthropology
Saturday, March 27, 2010
9:00-10:00 Zoe Knox, University of Leicester
Jehovah’s Witnesses and Soviet Secularisation: The Clash between Watch Tower Theology and Soviet Ideology in the Post-War Period
Discussant: Roger Finke, Penn State, Sociology
10:00-11:00 Viktor Yelensky, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy.
Revival before Revival: Popular and Institutionalized Religion in Ukraine on the Eve of the Collapse of Communism
Discussant: Philip Jenkins, Penn State, History
11:15-12:15 Catherine Wanner, Penn State, History
Secularization and Sacralization in the USSR
Discussant: Jaime Harris, Penn State, Sociology
12:15-1:15 Roundtable on Poetry and the Sacred
Olha Tytarenko, University of Toronto, The Antichrist in Russian Literary Consciousness
Michael Naydan, Penn State, Ukrainian Poets Writing God: Skovoroda, Tychyna, Antonych and Barka
Slava Yastremski, Bucknell University, The Religious Writings of Olga Sedakova
This conference has been generously funded by
the Woskob Family Endowment for Ukrainian Studies, the Jewish Studies Program, the Religious Studies Program and the Department of History at Penn State.
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