Monday, February 5 | 8 p.m. (Greek time – EST)
The ongoing war in Ukraine is underpinned by an eclectic ideology, which calls itself the “Russian world.” It is a sort of exceptionalism that goes back to the centuries of Russian history. However, most immediately it was formed by what can be called Soviet political religion. After the fall of the Soviet Union, this religion survived and took the form of Putinism. Both Soviet and post-Soviet forms of political religion will be explored in the presentation.
Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun is a professor of ecclesiology, international relations, and ecumenism at Sankt Ignatios College, University College Stockholm, and a director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Theological Academy in Kyiv and National University in Athens, he accomplished his doctoral studies at Durham University under the supervision of Fr Andrew Louth. He was a chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, first deputy chairman of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church, and later research fellow at Yale and Columbia Universities, visiting professor at the University of Münster in Germany. He is an international fellow at Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta in Canada and an invited professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
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