Ukraine and Russia – Always together, always separated

We seek contributors for the peer-reviewed volume UKRAINE AND RUSSIA – ALWAYS TOGETHER, ALWAYS SEPARATED, ed. Heta Hurskainen & Teuvo Laitila

Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2022

Notice for acceptance: 18 February 2022

Deadline for accepted papers: 31 August 2022

We have divide the main topic of the volume into three subsections and announce here call for articles related one or several of them. Questions under the three headings are representative, not exhausting.

Theme One: Varieties of Narrating (Church) History

What kinds of narratives various churches produce and employ (on various historical and social conditions) to create and maintain their versions from an argued ’common’ tradition? What do they emphasise in history, what do they ’forget’? How do they react to the other churches’ ’counter narratives’?

Theme Two: Secular Uses of Various Interpretations of ’Common (Church) History’

What are the relations between Orthodox and secular institutions, and how do they reflect the position and role of the Orthodox faith and churches in society at large? What religious goals the churches aspire, advocate, or defend? What kinds of political, or secular, agendas they have or imply byt their actions? What are the consequences resulting in differences between churches for local and global Orthodoxy, or for Ukrainian-Russian relations?

Theme Three: Consequences of Difference Caused by the Variety of Orthodoxy

What does it mean for Ukrainians and Russians that they have several Orthodoxies to identify with? In which ways does the variety of Orthodoxy reflect the theological, political, and lived reality in Ukraine and Russia? What does the conflict in Ukraine mean locally and/or ecumenically?

The themes can be approached from and ’Eastern’ perspective, highlighting Russian and Ukrainian issues, or from a ’Western’ perspective emphasising developments and their consequences in the context of Western Christianity, ideologies, and societies. The Greek Catholic Churches, having a special, or perhaps a mediating place in this East-West connection reserve particular attention, as well as ecumenical East-West connections in the ’East’ and ’West’, and between them.

Further information from heta-hurskainen@uef. fi or . Abstract should be sent to both of them.

See also https://blogs.uef.eastmeetswest