NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY JAMES A. KAPALÓ: Inochentism and Orthodox Christianity
Religious Dissent in the Russian and Romanian Borderlands, 1st Edition
This book explores the history and evolution of Inochentism, a controversial new religious movement that emerged in the Russian and Romanian borderlands of what is now Moldova and Ukraine in the context of the Russian revolutionary period. It centres around the charismatic preaching of Inochentie, a monk of the Orthodox Church, who inspired an apocalyptic movement that was soon labelled heretical by the Orthodox Church and persecuted as socially and politically subversive by Soviet and Romanian state authorities.
Inochentism and Orthodox Christianity charts the emergence and development of Inochentism through the twentieth century based on hagiographies, oral testimonies, press reports, state legislation and a wealth of previously unstudied police and secret police archival material. Focusing on the role that religious persecution and social marginalization played in the transformation of this understudied and much vilified group, the author explores a series of counter-narratives that challenge the mainstream historiography of the movement and highlight the significance of the concept of ‘liminality’ in relation to the study of new religious movements and Orthodoxy.
This book constitutes a systematic historical study of an Eastern European ‘home-grown’ religious movement taking a ‘grass-roots’ approach to the problem of minority religious identities in twentieth century Eastern Europe. Consequently, it will be of great interest to scholars of new religions movements, religious history and Russian and Eastern European studies.
NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY PETER MULHOLLAND: LOVE’S BETRAYAL
Peter Mulholland has just published a book about religious change and ‘religion-related’ child abuse in ‘Catholic’ Ireland.
The book’s short title is Love’s Betrayal and it proposes a synthesis of sociological, theological, anthropological and psychological theories and insights in explaining the decline of Catholicism and rise of new religious movements and New Age spirituality in this country.
Drawing heavily on the national media archives, the book traces the decline of traditional Irish Catholicism back through the decades-long campaign against corporal punishment and into the heart of the anthropology and theology that helped Christianity to become one of the world’s great civilizing forces and which saw the Catholic Church rise to a dominant position in Irish society.
The book’s full title is Love’s Betrayal: the Decline of Catholicism and Rise of New Religions in Ireland.
Anyone wishing to review the book should apply for a copy via the publisher’s website: https://www.peterlang.com/form?name=review%20copy%20request%20form
The book has just been made available on Amazon UK:
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION, NATURE AND CULTURE (ISSRNC)
CHANGING CULTURES AND LANDSCAPES’ CONFERENCE, 13-16 JUNE 2019
Hosted by University College Cork’s Study of Religions Department
See more on the ISSRNC Cork Conference Page
FAIRY LORE & LANDSCAPES PROJECT
The Fairy Lore & Landscapes Project is a comparative ethnographic research project led by Dr Jenny Butler, Study of Religions Department, University College Cork. The project comprises an exhibition, an ethnographic documentary, a monograph, and an interactive database which will be launched in the future. The project is housed in UCC’s Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre. The ongoing comparative ethnographic research project examines traditions connected to fairies and how related beliefs, legends and attitudes are connected to landscapes. The project investigates fairy lore as an aspect of intangible cultural heritage in its connection to materiality in landscapes, sites, and sense of place, in relation to Ireland, Iceland and Newfoundland in Canada. Different stages of the project have been funded by the Royal Irish Academy, the Ireland-Canada University Foundation, the Newfoundland – Ireland Partnership (Department of the Taoiseach), and by University College Cork’s College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Support Fund.
The Fairy Lore and Landscapes Exhibition, curated by Dr Jenny Butler, is at University College Cork’s Boole Library (exhibition space on the ground floor) runs until mid-June 2019 and is free and open to the public.
European Research Council-funded Project led by ISASR President Dr James Kapaló
Dr James Kapaló, President of the ISASR and Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions Department, University College Cork, is featured on UCC’s Research Leaders section discussing his European Research Council-funded ‘Hidden Galleries‘ Project that investigates the Secret Police Archives.
Watch this video about the project: