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“On Behalf of All and For All”: The Place of Liturgy in Russian Cultural History

A two-day conference, October 12 - 13. Organized by the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and cosponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Friday, October 12, 2012
9:30 AM
10383 Bunche Hall

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union over twenty years ago, Russian society has demonstrated a renewed interest in its native forms of religiosity. With the years of atheistic governance in Russia securely in the past, the Russian Orthodox Church has reassumed its influential presence in the Russian cultural landscape. Among Christian churches worldwide, the Russian Church is second only to Roman Catholicism in terms of the number of followers; its adherents total around 150 million. While Orthodoxy on the one hand is faced with the necessity of adapting to the twenty-first century socio-political arena, other aspects of church life remain constant. The liturgy of the Russian Church, which has existed in a virtually unchanged form for over a thousand years, is precisely one of these aspects. The liturgy’s constant presence amid the changing socio-cultural climate in Russia over the last millennium invites questions of how the Orthodox liturgy has influenced Russian cultural history, and how it has interacted with Russian “secular” art. It is to these questions that we dedicate a conference.
9:30 am – Preliminary Remarks
Ronald Vroon, Chair, UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Massimo Ciavolella, Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Carol Bakhos, Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Religion
Gail Kligman, Director, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies
10:00 am - 12:00 pm – Panel I: Liturgy in Contemporary Russia
Prof. Robert Bird (University of Chicago)
“Occupy Orthodoxy: Pussy Riot on Liturgy and Spectacle”
Prof. Vera Shevzov (Smith College)
“Cast in a Marian Light: Liturgy and Orthodox Historical Memory in Imperial and Post-Soviet Russia”
Prof. Mitchell Morris (UCLA)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm – Panel II: Liturgy: Space, Voice, Cycle
Thomas Roberts (post-doctoral fellow, Stanford University):
“Translating Sacred Space: From Byzantine Ekphrasis to Russian Literary Realism”
Jessica Sanders (doctoral student, University of Southern California)
“Suffering Servants: the Liturgical Dimensions of the Russian Romantic Poet/Prophet Complex”
Prof. Timothy Rosendale (Southern Methodist University)
“The Godly Order: Some Reflections on English Liturgy and Literature”
4:00 pm - 6 pm – Panel III: Liturgy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Prof. Vladimir L. Marchenkov (Ohio University)
“Liturgy and Revelation in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Last Opera”
Prof. Martha Kelly (University of Missouri)
“Ritual Innovation in the Poetry of Mikhail Kuzmin”
Jeffrey Riggs (doctoral student, UCLA)
“Pagan and Christian Liturgies in Viacheslav Ivanov’s ‘Suspiria’ Cycle”
10:00 am - 12:00 pm – Panel IV: Liturgy as Subtext
Prof. Olga Meerson (Georgetown University):
“Liturgical Citations in Russian Culture: a Weapon in Polemics and a Tool in Poetics”
Sean Griffin (doctoral student, UCLA)
“The Liturgical Subtext of Ol’ga’s Baptism in the Povest’ vremennykh let’”
Prof. Ronald Vroon (UCLA)
“Liturgy and the Generation of Poetic Cycles”
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm – Panel V: Liturgy, Church, Eucharist
Prof. Scott Kenworthy (Miami University, Ohio)
“The Centrality of Liturgy for Russian Lived Religion: The Case of Archimandrite Toviia (Tsymbal)”
Prof. Nicholas Denysenko (Loyola Marymount University)
“Holy Things for the Holy? Eucharist and the Veneration of Saints in Orthodox Liturgical Piety”
Prof. Nadieszda Kizenko (University at Albany)
“The Personal is Liturgical:  Govenie in Russian Culture”
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm – General Discussion


Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for the Study of Religion

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