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[ 27.10.2016 ] - The international scientific conference "The Church and Totalitarian Regime: Secularisation and Strategies of Survival" Riga, 27–28 October 2016

Dear colleagues,

It is a pleasure to invite you to take part in the international scientific conference “The Church and Totalitarian Regime: Secularization and Strategies of Survival” that will be held in Riga, 27-28 October 2016, in the Centre of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Latvia (Kalpaka boulevard 4). The conference is organised by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (project "Thematization of religious experience in the situation of post-liberal spirituality: Latvian case") in collaboration with the Library of the University of Latvia.


Understanding of the totalitarian heritage and its analysis is one of the most important tasks for the modern day scholars in Europe. Interactions between the totalitarian power and the Church, regime’s attitude towards religion, religious tradition, and cultural and religious aspects of the secularised education system, which were tightly controlled by the totalitarian state – all these aspects are part of our recent common European past. It is a key point regarding understanding our contemporary situation, to analyse and rationally explain the experience of survival strategies of different confessional and religious groups under rigid conditions of ideological and administrative control.

The aim of the conference is to look at the processes that were taken place in the Church, interactions between the Church and society and its forms, paying attention to the context of secularisation and socio-political situation during the age of totalitarian regime, especially in the Soviet Union.  

We also welcome contributions on research theories and methodological issues, as well on various and particular aspects of cultural history in the history of the Church under the Soviet regime. The conference brings together scientists from the Latvian, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland and the United States. 

Program of the conference will be available at the websites: www.fsi.lu.lv; http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/42702/

The organising committee of conference:

  • Dr. phil. Solveiga Krūmiņa-Koņkova, 
  • Dr. hist. Aleksandrs Gavriļins, 
  • Dr. phil. Māra Kiope, 
  • Dr. hist. Inese Runce, 
  • Dr. art. Nadežda Pazuhina

 University of Latvia

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology

Library of the University of Latvia

 

International scientific conference

The Church and Totalitarian Regime:

Secularization and Strategies of Survival

 

Riga, 27–28 October 2016

 

Program

 


Thursday, 27 October 2016

 

The Centre of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Latvia (Kalpaka boulevard 4)

 

09:45 – 10:30 Registration and coffee break (ground floor, discussion room)

10:30 – 11:00 Presentation of the latest books and publications

11:00 – 11:30 Opening of conference (1st floor, conference room)

11.30 – 13.00 Plenary session (1st floor, conference room)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 16:20 The first parallel session (1st floor, conference room)

14:00 – 16:20 The second parallel session (ground floor, conference room)

 

11:00 – 11:30      Opening of conference

 

11:00 – 12:30

Plenary session

Moderator Inese Runce

 

11:00 – 11:30

Irina Paert

 

Tartu, Estonia

 

Religion and memory in the post–totalitarian society

 

11:30 – 12:00

 

Evgenia Tokareva

Moscow, Russia

The specificity of Church-state relations in fascist Italy. 1922-1943

 

12:00 – 12:30

 

Marianna Shakhnovich

 

St. Petersburg, Russia

The Activity of the Commission on the History of Religion of the Communist Academy (Moscow, 1928-1930) and the Study of Religiosity in USSR

 

Lunch break 12:30 – 14:00

 

14:00 – 16:20

The first parallel session

 

Moderator Irina Paert

14:00 – 14:20

Solveiga Krūmiņa-Koņkova

 

Riga, Latvia

Church and state security institutions in the LSSR

14:20 – 14:40

 

Benjamin Musachio

 

Stanford, USA

Religious Remembrance of Soviet Repressions in Siberia and the Russian Far East: Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk

 

14:40 – 15:00

 

Inese Runce

Riga, Latvia

The preservation of Catholic tradition in Siberia: life stories of deported Catholic and their spiritual experience

 

15:00 – 15:20

Fr. Aleksandr Bertash

Bremen, Germany

St. Petersburg, Russia

Church architecture in Germany in the 1920s – early 1940s and its styles

15:20 – 15:40

Johannes Dyck

Bonn, Germany

Phases in Soviet post-war religious politics through the example of the Mennonite community

 

15:40 –

16:00

German Bokov

St. Petersburg, Russia

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “religionless Christianity” (religionsloses Christentum) as a theological reaction to ideology of National Socialism and a phenomenon of the “death of God” theological movement in the post-war Protestant world

 

16:00 – 16:20

Karīna Barkane

Riga, Latvia

Documents of the Representative of the Council for the Affairs of Religious Cults in the Latvian SSR: A Source for Research of Jewish Religious Communities in the Latvian SSR

 

14:00 – 16:20

The second parallel session

 

Moderator Nadežda Pazuhina

14:00 – 14:20

Tatiana Chumakova

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Political propaganda and scholars' point of view in the periodicals of the League of Militant Atheists (1925 -1935)

 

14:20 – 14:40

 

Irēna Saleniece

Daugavpils, Latvia

Teachers' religious behaviour in the Latvian SSR (1945–1985)

 

14:40 – 15:00

Fr. Andris Priede

Riga, Latvia

The communication of Archbishop E. Mesters with the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran parishes before the times of the Third Awakening

 

15:00 – 15:20

 

Svitlana Hurkina

Lviv, Ukraine

The peculiarities of sources for the studies of the Greco-Catholic history in the Western Ukraine in the second half the XXth century

 

15:20 – 15:40

 

Anna Vishivaniuk

Moscow, Russia

 

The Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church under the German and the Soviet regimes (1941-1945)

15:40 – 16:00

 

Madara Brūnava

Riga, Latvia

Religious control in the LSSR (1945-1959). The case of Baptists.

 

16:00 – 16:20

Liudmila Artamoshkina

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Tradition of „living belief“: individual experience and collective memory

 

17.00 – 18.30  Old Riga tour

19.00 – 21.00  Reception party

(Main building of the University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19)

 

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Friday, 28 October 2016

 

The Centre of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Latvia (Kalpaka boulevard 4)

 

09:30 – 10:00 Registration and coffee break (ground floor, discussion room)

10:00 – 12:20 The third parallel session (ground floor, conference room)

10:00 – 12:20 The fourth parallel session (2nd floor, conference room)

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:30 The fifth parallel session (1st floor, conference room)

14:30 – 16:10 The sixth parallel session (ground floor, conference room)

16:30 – 17:00 The conclusion of conference, final discussions and presentation of moderators of sessions (1st floor, conference room)

 

 

10:00 – 12:20

The third parallel session

 

Moderator Māra Kiope

 

 

10: 00 – 10:20

Mārtiņš Mintaurs

Riga, Latvia

A Cult Building or Architectural Monument? Sacral Architectural Heritage Objects and Construction of Socialist Society in Latvian SSR, the 1960s – 1980s.

 

10:20 – 10:40

 

Guna Ševkina

Riga, Latvia

The Protection of Sacred Architectural Heritage in Context of the List 1962 of State Protected Architectural Monuments in the Latvian SSR

 

10:40 – 11:00

Vera Kliueva

Tyumen, Russia

Emigration sentiments among Evangelical believers in the late Soviet Union: the case of Soviet Pentecostals

 

11:00 – 11:20

Nadezhda Beliakova

Moscow, Russia

The letters of believers in the late period in the USSR: practice of survival and form of communication under the circumstances of the Cold War

 

11:20 – 11:40

Guntis Kalme

Riga, Latvia

Church under conditions of occupation: between survival, collaboration and military patriotic ethos - philosophically theological aspects

 

11:40 – 12:00

Fr. Taras Bublyk

Lviv, Ukraine

The Tactics of Resistance and Survival of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Clergy during the Totalitarian Regime in the USSR in the second half of the XXth century: the Case of the Greco-Catholic Bishop Volodymyr Sterniuk

 

12:00 – 12:20

Sergej Mazur

Riga, Latvia

The attitude of the Russian Orthodox priests towards the Soviet and Nazi regime in Latvia

 

 

10:00 – 12:20

The fourth parallel session

 

Moderator Solveiga Krumina-Konkova

10:00 – 10:20

 

Antoni Mironowicz

Białystok, Poland 

Orthodox Church in Belarus in 1941-1944.

10:20 – 10:40

 

Ekaterina Teriukova

St. Petersburg, Russia

Religious situation in Dagestan in 1930th through the example of heirlooms from a village among the hills of Chokh (on Yevgeny M. Shilling expedition materials of 1934)

 

10:40 – 11:00

 

Ivan Petrov

St. Petersburg, Russia

The Orthodox Church and the totalitarian regime in the post-war Crimea: a survival strategy of archbishops Joasaph (Zhurmanova) and Luka (Voyno-Yasenetsky)

 

11:00 – 11:20

 

Konstantin Oboznyi

Moscow, Russia

The activities of  the Institute of Commissioners established by the Board for the Russian Orthodox Church Affairs during the Stalin regime period in the territory of Pskov and Novgorod regions

 

11:20 – 11:40

 

Sister Euphrosyne (Galina Sedova)

 

Daugavpils, Latvia

The church and state relations in the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic: activities of the Commissioners of the Council for the Russian Orthodox Church in 1944-1954

 

11:40 – 12:00

 

Aleksandr Gavrilin

Riga, Latvia

How the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Riga was closed

 

12:00 – 12:20

Kristina Novikova

Riga, Latvia

The attitude of the Soviet regime towards the Old Believers of Latvia in the 1940s - 1960s

 

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

 

14:30 – 16:30

The fifth parallel session

 

Moderator Vera Kliueva

14:00 – 14:20

 

Laima Geikina

Riga, Latvia

Atheistic education as form of religious education in Latvia

 

14:50 – 15:10

Dmitriy Weber

St. Petersburg, Russia

The religion studies in the time of totalitarianism. The R. Vippers's research way

 

15:10 – 15:30

Daria Chentsova

St. Petersburg, Russia

P. Florensky and A. Losev: two strategies of philosophical discourse of religion in the epoch of totalitarianism

 

15:30 – 15:50

Nadežda Pazuhina

Riga, Latvia

The manuscript heritage of Latvian Old-Believers in the Soviet period: between the archives and parish library

 

15:50 – 16:10

Māra Kiope

Riga, Latvia

Atheism as politics of construction of the "new human being"

 

16:10 – 16:30

 

Regina Laukaitytė

 

Vilnius, Lithuania

The Council for the Affairs of Religious Cults in Lithuanian SSR during the Period of de-Stalinization

 

 

14:30 – 16:10

The sixth parallel session

 

Moderator Nadezhda Beliakova

14:30 – 14:50

 

Anastasia Nakonechnaia

 

St. Petersburg, Russia

New forms of activities of St Petersburg Orthodox fraternities in the context of totalitarian state

 

14:50 – 15:10

 

Aleksandra Budanova

 

Moscow, Russia

Orthodox Brotherhood of the Bishop Makary (Opotsky) in the Soviet Russia

15:10 – 15:30

 

Jana Kalniņa

Moscow, Russia

Ministry of Archimandrite Tavrion (Batozsky) at Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery as an Example of Opposition to Totalitarian Regime

 

15:30 – 15:50

 

Anastasija Minenkova

Riga, Latvia

The Socialist traditions as method of struggle against the influence of religious organisations in the LSSR (1959-1989)

 

15:50 – 16:10

Elizaveta Kizyma

St. Petersburg, Russia

Church-state relations in Russian Scholarship on the threshold of 1917

 

16:30 – 17:00 The conclusion of conference, final discussions and presentation of moderators of sessions

 

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