School of Arts and Sciences ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY


Autocephaly as Orthodox Political Theology


The speaker will present the findings of her two-year research on the interrelation of borders and boundaries within Eastern Orthodox ecclesiology. Despite numerous studies regarding autocephaly, none of the works addresses the phenomenon from the perspectives of history and modern political theology. Taking roots in Byzantine times, autocephaly has largely become a matter of political manipulation in Orthodox countries, attracting ecclesiastical, political and civil sectors alike. The speaker will provide evidence from social sciences, namely academic views of nationalism and secularism, along with evidence from post-Soviet Orthodox oikumene.

speaker:Tamar grdzelidze

Date: 17:00 June 24, 2021

Languages: Georgian, English

Format: Online, Facebook Live

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