Religion in Praxis Conversation Series is a monthly podcast hosted by Dr. Tornike Metreveli, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Theology and Religious Studies of the Lund University. The purpose of the podcast is to enhance knowledge and understanding about the fundamental historical, political and social processes affecting the relationship between religion, nationalism and theology.
#12 Nicholas Denysenko
This is the twelfth episode of the Praxis in Religion Conversation Series where Tornike hosts Prof. Nicholas Denysenko. In this conversation, titled "A Rebirth of Orthodoxy: Moral and Epistemological Preliminaries," Professor Denysenko reflects on the historical tensions simmering between Ecumenical and Moscow Patriarchates since 1920s. Denysenko examines the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s intervention in Ukraine and the creation of Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and provides a scholarly analysis of and debate on Russian world ideain the wider ecclesial psychological framework. The conversation between Tornike Metreveli and Nicholas Denysenko delves deeper into the Ukrainian resistance to the Russian world since 2009, power dynamics within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), their anti-war position and ethical, moral and theological implications of the Russian invasion on Orthodox Christianity globally.
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Special Edition: Tetiana Kalenychenko and Tornike Metreveli on Religion and Conflict Transformation - Points of connection
This conversation with Dr. Tetiana Kalenychenko will give a rare insight into the current religious situation in Ukraine and situate ongoing events in the wider historical context.
#11 Aleksandar Matovski
This is the eleventh episode in the Religion in Praxis Conversations Series, and today's presentation from Aleksandar Matovski engages, in particular, the following questions:
Does Russian public support Ukraine war? What do they demand from Putin?What is the role of nationalists in this war? How will the war continue and can we predict the outcomes?
These, and many more questions, are found in this vibrant dialogue with Aleksandar Matovsk; a top expert on electoral autocracies and Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Matovski's research focuses on the dynamics of popular opinion, protest, political violence, and conflict in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on Europe and the former Soviet Union. Matovski holds a PhD in Government from Cornell University, MA in War Studies from King's College London and BA in Law from Saints Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. Prior to his academic career, he was National Security Advisor in the Government of North Macedonia and Political and Military Advisor in the North Macedonian Ministry of Defence, as well as a Research Director in the Forum Center for Strategic Research and Documentation in Skopje, North Macedonia.
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Music for the Conversation Series is generously provided by the Shavnabada Choir . The project author and the host of the Conversation Series is Dr. Tornike Metreveli.
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#10 Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
This is the tenth episode in the Religion in Praxis Conversations Series (previously known simply as "the Conversations Series") and today's speaker is Elizabeth Shakman Hurd.
While offering important perspectives on the myriad evidentiary assessment challenges facing adjudicators, the legal and social scientific literature bypasses the political theological questions that interest me here. What are the theological and political conditions that sustain practices of political and religious asylum seeking despite the persistent limitations and limits surrounding legal adjudication involving religion? Given the instability of the category of religion, why do the authorities persist in trying to establish whether a person, action, belief, or practice is credibly subject to religious persecution? How might we understand religion anew in this context?
To address these questions, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd approaches the question of religion in asylum seeking and claiming through the prism of theology, understood in this context as a mode of inquiry that takes the human as a question rather than as a given, and acknowledges the significance of human finitude rather than an assertion of human mastery. We situate the argument in the context of ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and the migration crisis cause by this war.
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Special Edition: José Casanova and Tornike Metreveli
What are the religious dimensions of an ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine? What are the global religious and theological responses to this war? In this special episode of the Religion in Praxis Conversation series, I am hosting an eminent sociologist Professor Jose Casanova to address these and some other relevant questions pertaining to the religious aspects of this war.
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Special Edition: Cyril Hovorun, Ulrich Schmid and Regina Elsner
In our special series on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, I talked with three renowned scholars. In the first part, together with Cyril Hovorun, we try to understand Putin's mind, his operational tactics, and the political theology behind this invasion. In the second part, Ulrich Schmid helps us to delve deeper into the history of ideas and wider geopolitical and historical contexts. In the third part, Regina Elsner guides us through the doctrinal controversies and ethical dimensions of the Russian Orthodox Church's position over the invasion