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Post-Soviet Social and Political Dislocation and "Return" of Religion

Post-Soviet Social and Political Dislocation and "Return" of Religion

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Location: Bellarmine Room, Heythrop College

Centre for Eastern Christianity Michaelmas Term Lecture Series

The Armenian Church, Society and Politics - The costs and challenges of the Soviet legacy in Armenia and the Diaspora

The transition from decades of “ungodliness” under Communism to “knowledge of God” in a newly independent country appeared to be more complex, problematic and difficult. Neither the society nor the religious establishment were prepared to accept the unexpected realities of freedom and liberty. This session will present some of the key dimensions of this process. Starting with a brief presentation of the glasnost and perestroika period for context, it will then focus on the critical issues since Armenia’s independence. 

Speaker: Dr Hratch Tchilingirian, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford


There is no need to book for this lecture, please just come along.

Hratch Tchilingirian is a faculty member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. From 2002 to March 2012 he taught and held various positions at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and was co-founder of the Eurasia Research Centre in Cambridge.  Dr Tchilingirian has published extensively and lectures on minorities in contemporary Middle East; the Armenian Church; Diaspora; Turkish-Armenian relations; and the Caucasus. His research interests include sociology of religion, identity politics, diaspora studies, and transnationalism.

Contact Name: John Flannery
Contact Email: j.flannery@heythrop.ac.uk