Hotel Rus’, Hospital’na St. 4, Kyiv
Conference Hall E, 2nd floor
The Religion in the Black Sea Region Working Group was founded in 2014 as part of several research projects housed at the University of St. Gallen and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The Working Group sponsors an annual conference in Ukraine on the anthropological study of religion in the Black Sea region, a series of lectures at Ukrainian universities on the politics of religion, and publications on religion and religiosity in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
The goal of the Working Group is to support the critical study of religion by developing dialogue between senior scholars and emerging researchers on the myriad ways in which religious institutions, communities, and spiritual practices influence socio-political change using ethnographic and historical methods of inquiry in the Black Sea region broadly understood. The Group encourages comparative research and scholarship that moves beyond narrow nation-state or confessional frames to consider more incisively how interconnections, encounters and divides shape religious practices and socio-political change more broadly.
Some of the research themes that have been included in the Working Group’s events and publications include: modes of secularity and religious (inter)subjectivities; debates over secularism, human rights and identities; the relevance of concepts such as political Orthodoxy, public religion, and political theology for the study of religion in this region; ethnographies of doubt, indifference, vernacular religion; and religion, faith and the public sphere.
The Religion in the Black Sea Region Working Group
Convenor, Catherine Wanner
Coordinator, Tetiana Kalenychenko
Organizing Committee: Iuliia Buyskykh, Mykhailo Cherenkov,
Oleg Kyselov, and Olena Panych