In the studies of religions, there have been already a rich discussion on how theories of social memory can be used for understanding social dimension of religion and how religious communities are constructed through memory. In memory studies, though, there is a lack of understanding of the role of religion because the scholars often oversee the cultural dimension of religion and its influence on the secularized societies. In the workshop, we want to open discussion on what the focus on religion can bring for interdisciplinary studies of culture and memory which are connected to problems of secularization and modernity, critique of Messianism, and political theology. We see that religion plays an important role in the political and cultural life in Eastern Europe and through our discussions we hope to come closer to understanding of the main mechanisms and motivations that stand behind the omnipresent role of religion in almost all social spheres.
Organiser: Yuliya Yurchuk, postdoctoral researcher, School of History and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Organising Committee: Yuliya Yurchuk (Department of History), Lena Roos (Department of Studies of Religions), Kateryna Zorya (Department of Studies of Religions).
Confirmed speakers and the topics of their presentations:
Per-Arne Bodin, Stockholm University: “Soviet Past in Contemporary Orthodox Iconography and Hymnography”
Tymofii Brik, Kyiv School of Economics: “Religious resurections in Ukraine, 1991-2018: national narratives, social insecurities, and church competition”.
Agnieszka Halemba, Polish Academy of Sciences: “Suffering for and against the church. Memory of suffering and repression in the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Eparchy”.
Teuvo Laitila, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu: “Antisemitism and Ukraine in The Jerusalem Post since the annexation of the Crimea”.
Alla Marchenko, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw): “A new President of Ukraine in the Spotlight: How Collective Memory and Religion Intertwined with Politics.”
Michal Wawrzonek, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Kraków: “Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and Politics in the Post-Soviet Ukraine”.
Abstracts of Presentations and Short Information on Speakers