International Conference “New Religious Cultures in Late and Post-Soviet Russia: Ideologies, Networks, Discourses”
The New Age research project team would like to announce International Conference, which will take place on June 16th–18th, 2022, at the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. The Conference will continue the discussion beginning last year at our online workshop in October 2021. It will be dedicated to the questions of conceptualizing the New Age in (post-) Soviet Russia and its historical and semantic specifics.
The study of Russian New Age addresses a number of questions related to the genesis and evolution of diverse belief systems in contemporary Russia. The research field includes late and post-Soviet subcultures, dissident movements and underground groups, ecstatic experiments, and alternative healing practices, etc. Belief and consciousness are therefore key elements of all these phenomena.
1st day of Conference: Thu, June 16, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies Germersheim, 1st Floor, room N 114/Doll 5 (new building)
- Welcome and Opening Session – Birgit Menzel, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Anna Tessmann, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Romina Kaltenbach, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
- Opening Keynote Speech: “A New Form of Spirituality” – Anita Stasulane, Daugavpils University, Riga
- Documentary Screening – Evgenii Berg, 2020: “Stolbun’s Sect”
2nd day of Conference: Fri, June 17, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies Germersheim, 1st Floor, room N 114/Doll 5 (new building)
- “In Search for “Hidden Human Reserves”: Western New Agers Visiting Soviet “Esotericists”” – Anna Ozhiganova
- “Late-Soviet Occulture: Evgenii Golovin and Iuzhinski Circle” – Maria Engström, Uppsala University, Uppsala
- “New Age Reception in Soviet Cinema of the 1970s-1980s” – Karen Nikiforov, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Kyiv
- Keynote Speech: “Curiouser and Curiouser: Rationality and Paranormality in Late Socialism” – Alexey Golubev, The University of Houston, Houston
- Round Table: “Esotericism in Late and Post-Soviet Russia in Global Perspective” Moderation: Anna Tessmann, Romina Kaltenbach Statements: Yulia Andreeva, Joseph Kellner, Birgit Menzel
3rd day of Conference: Sat, June 18, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies Germersheim, 1st Floor, room N 114/Doll 5 (new building)
- “Theosophical Currents in Russia in the 1990s: The Delfis’ Case” – Marina Alexandrova, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin
- “Soviet and Post-Soviet Ufology and Religion: The 1980s and 1990s” – Stanislav Panin, Rice University, Houston
- “The Emergence of Slavic Paganism in Ex-Socialist Space” – Kaarina Aitamurto, University of Helsinki, Helsinki
- Round Table, Documentary Screening and Discussion: “The New Age in Russia: Healing, ESP, and Alternative Medicine” Moderation: Anna Tessmann, Svetlana Tambovtseva Statements: Anna Ozhiganova, Anna Sandermoen
Our German-Russian project team looks forward to presentations and discussions on a wide range of topics, approaches, and arguments. We hope to exchange experience with other attendees and facilitate further research on New Age in the fields of anthropology as well as religious, cultural, and translation studies.