History Department Scholarly & Social Meeting: professor Mikhail Dmitriev, "Orthodoxy, Empire and … Anti-Nationalism in the XIXth Century Russia"

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Nador u. 11
Hanak Room
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:30pm
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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

We are pleased to invite you to the second History Department Scholarly & Social Meeting, which will take place next Thursday, February 24, in Hanák Room, starting at 17:30.

The aim of the Scholarly-Social Meetings is to provide insights into the research undertaken at our department, and they also represent an opportunity to bring our students and faculty together in an effort to establish an academic community reaching beyond the day-to-day academic activities.

The meeting will begin with a presentation by professor Mikhail Dmitriev , entitled "Orthodoxy, Empire and … Anti-Nationalism in the XIXth Century Russia," followed by a discussion, and will continue with an informal socializing of students and faculty in Spájz Kocsma (in the VI. District, not far from CEU). We advise all students not to miss this opportunity to meet and talk with the speaker, faculty members, and fellow students.

In the upcoming events we will be hosting professors: Gábor Gyáni (March 3), István Rév (March 17) and Constantin Iordachi (March 24).


17:30 - 18:15: Presentation by professor Mikhail Dmitriev, entitled "Orthodoxy, Empire and … Anti-Nationalism in the XIXth Century Russia."

You can find an abstract of the talk at the end of this message.

Place: Hanák Room (Nádor 11, 2nd floor)

18:15 - 18:50: Discussion

19:00 - open end: Drinks and informal meeting of students and faculty.

Place: Spájz Kocsma (Lázár utca 7, see the link below).

We are looking forward to seeing you all,

Constantin Iordachi

(Head of Department)

Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič

Uku Lember

Matthias Riedl

Piotr Wciślik

Jan Bröker




Mikhail Dmitriev

Orthodoxy, Empire and … Anti-Nationalism in the XIXth Century Russia

Raising the problem “Orthodoxy and Russian nationalism in the XIXth century” we are dealing much more with what we don’t know about links between Russian nationalism and Russian Orthodox Church, than with what is known about. Reason is simple: there is practically no single study which would have approached more or less systematically either our subject as a whole, or even some aspects of it. Paradoxically, this doesn’t preclude the emergence and spread of a very vital stereotype claiming that the Russian Orthodox Church in the XIXth century was particularly inclined to support Russian nationalism. What is actually known about Russian orthodox clergy’s contribution to the Russian nationalism in the XIXth century? What resources of confessional ideologies were mobilized to legitimize either imperial order or Russian nationalism? Wasn’t it possible that some specific traits in the orthodox confessional traditions were serving as basis for anti-national discourses? These questions will be addressed through the prism of texts left by one of remarkable Russia’s hierarchs – Savva (Ivan Mikhaylovitch Tikhomirov), (arch) bishop of Tver’ and Kashin (1819-1896).


For the location of Spajz Kocsma, you can consult the map on their website: