Monday, October 31

Welcome and Opening Remarks (9:15- 9:30)

Workshop Convener: Sean Griffin (University of Helsinki)

Session 1 (9:30-10:30)

Jose Casanova (Georgetown University) – From territorial monopolist churches to free voluntary denominations: The conditions for peace and reconciliation within Ukrainian orthodoxy

Nicholas Denysenko (Valparaiso University) – Who is to blame? The evolution of political theology in the Ukrainian Churches

Session 2  (10:45-11:45)

Mikhail Suslov (University of Copenhagen) – Regime ideology of Putinism and the Russian Orthodox Church

Katharina Kunter (University of Helsinki) – Religion as in a fairy tale: Current problems in the perception of the Russian Orthodox Church in Western Europe

Session 3 (13:30-14:30)

Andrei Shishkov (University of Tartu) – Putin’s altar boy: Patriarch Kirill and his influence on the Russian war campaign

Natallia Vasilevich (University of Bonn) – Belarusian Orthodoxy and the Russian Aggression in Ukraine

Session 4  (14:45-15:45)

Kaarina Aitamurto (University of Helsinki) – Russian Muslim community and the invasion of Ukraine

Group Discussion  (15:30-16:30)


Tuesday, November 1

Session 1 (9:30-10:30)

Nikolai Mitrokhin (University of Bremen) – How and why the Ukrainian Orthodox Church stayed fully independent from ROC in the year 2022

Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies) – The war in Ukraine, the declaration of Orthodox theologians on the ‘Russian World’, and the emergence of a new theological agenda in Orthodoxy

Session 2  (10:45 – 11:30)

Sean Griffin (University of Helsinki) – Book workshop: The Sacred Reign of Vladimir Putin: Religion, Memory, War

Session 3 (14:00-15:00)

Cyril Hovorun (University College Stockholm) – A Citizen Kane of Russian Orthodoxy

Daniel Galadza (Pontificio Istituto Orientale) – Kyiv between Rome, Constantinople, and Moscow: The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Session 4 (15:15-16:15)

Elina Kahla (University of Helsinki) –  Apocalypse and warmongering

Fr Alexander Zanemonets (Radboud University) – Ukrainian Refugees and the Orthodox Church of Finland

Concluding Discussion (16:15-17:00)



Funding for the workshop has been generously provided by the ALCS-Luce Foundation and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.