ZOiS Research Colloquium

Questioning the Concept of "Religious Activism" in Russian Orthodoxy from a Theological Position

Regina Elsner (ZOiS Researcher)

Theology and social sciences have different methodological and conceptional approaches on "religious activism", which complicate the interdisciplinary exchange about these issues. By exploring the analytical opportunities and boundaries of the concept of “religious activism” from a theological perspective, I want to suggest a new interdisciplinary dialogue between anthropology and theology. By focusing on a theological analysis of the mechanisms of negotiating “activism” within the church, the analysis will engage with recent processes of dissent within the Orthodox Church on the sociopolitical developments in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

ZOiS Research Colloquium

As of the winter semester 2020, the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), is opening invitations to a new multidisciplinary research colloquium. The colloquium is to serve as a discussion forum for work in progress by PhD candidates, postdocs, and established researchers whose work in the social sciences focuses on Eastern Europe. With this colloquium, the aim is to establish a permanent meeting point in the Berlin-Brandenburg area for those engaged in research on Eastern Europe. The research colloquium will take place online every second Wednesday at 5pm in the months during the semester. We will send the access data shortly before the beginning of each session.

If you wish to participate, please register with Anja Krüger (events(at)zois-berlin(dot)de).


  • Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse, Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)


Anja Krüger
Communications Coordinator