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The Soviet regime and the 'secularisation' of the Church

The Soviet regime and the 'secularisation' of the Church

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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

Although the persecution of the Church eased after Stalin’s death in 1953, this session will focus on the effects of decades of state-sponsored atheistic indoctrination on both society and the Church in Soviet Armenia and the USSR. It will pay particular attention to the state of the church in the 1950's, the conflict between the two Hierarchical Sees of Ejmiatsin and Cilicia and the long tenure of Romania-born Catholicos Vazgen I of Armenians, which had ushered a new period in the life of the Church, albeit with new sets of issues.

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