Caution, Religion! Iconoclasm, secularism, and ways of seeing in the post-Soviet art wars

Caution, Religion! Iconoclasm, secularism, and ways of seeing in the post-Soviet art wars

Monday, 25 May 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue: 
Nissan Lecture Theatre
Speaker(s): 
Anya Bernstein (Harvard)
Convenor: 
Oliver Ready (St Antony's)

Anya Bernstein is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard. She is currently at work on two projects. The first – which will be the focus of her talk at St Antony’s on May 25– deals with religion, secularism, and censorship in Russia. In this project, Bernstein attempts to think through the moral dilemmas that have animated passions behind recent post-Soviet culture wars, particularly conflicts between contemporary artists, the Russian Orthodox Church, and perceptions of society at large. The second project explores the interplay between imaginaries of immortality and industries of life extension in the Soviet Union and postsocialist Russia.

For more information: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~anthro/bernstein/index.html

This is an advanced seminar series supported by the Management Committee of Russian and East European Studies and the Harry Shukman Seminar Fund (created in Harry’s memory by Fay and Geoffrey Elliott). All are welcome.