The ’Sacred’ Meddler: Religious Aspects of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Warmly welcome to a public lecture with Dr Tornike Metreveli (Lund University) on religious aspects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Tuesday 13 December 2022 at 4.00–5.30 pm in the Turku City Library.
The lecture is commented by Dr Fr Alexander Zanemonets.
Tornike Metreveli is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Christianity, Nationalism, and Populism at Center for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University. He received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Bern (2017). Before joining the University of St Gallen, he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center, Open Society Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), and Hansard Society Research Fellow at the House of Commons (UK Parliament).
He is a student of nationalism (MSc in Nationalism Studies from the University of Edinburgh) with research interests in the intersection of nationalism and Christianity in the geographical spaces of the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. His first book – Orthodox Christianity and the Politics of Transition (2021, London: Routledge) discusses in detail how Orthodox Christianity was involved in and influenced political transition in Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia after the collapse of communism.
His current postdoctoral project in Lund brings original insight into the organizational structure of Orthodox churches, their operational tactics and geopolitical assertions in Ukraine.