The impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on the Orthodox world

On Friday, May 06 at 14:15 EEST, Mr. Bojidar Kolov (U. Oslo) will be giving an open lecture on the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on the Orthodox world.

The lecture is a part of 2022 NearEU Master Class Series. The events are aimed to favour public discussion, awareness, and debate in the light of practitioners and leading scholars’ first-hand experience. 

Bojidar Angelov Kolov is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo. He obtained his master’s degree in “European Union – Russia Studies” from the University of Tartu. His areas of expertise include Church-state relations, religious nationalism, ecclesiastical governance, and political theology.

His PhD project, “Church and State Entanglements in Contemporary Russia: Between Mutual Normativities and Distinct Agencies”, investigates the relationship between the political discourse of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox discourse of the Russian government since 2012. How is the mutual legitimation between these two actors made possible? What kind of subjectivities does this relationship enable, and what are the limitations it poses? The study will address these questions in light of the relational dynamic between “conservative” Russia and the “liberal West”. The dissertation is part of the “Values-based regime legitimation in Russia” (LegitRuss) project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The event will take place in hybrid more. It is possible the attend in class (Lossi 36-307) or remotely.

This initiative is developed and implemented with the support of the Jean Monnet Module “Neighbourhood Enlargement and Regionalism in Europe” (NearEU). The project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme 🇪🇺 under Grant Agreement 620279-EPP-1-2020-1-EE-EPPJMO-MODULE.

Additional information about the event can be found here. Registration is required to participate to the event and is available at the following link

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