Burden or Blessing? Orthodoxy and the Construction of Civil Society and Democracy in Russia

Since the country's converstion to Christianity in the 10th century, Orthodox Christianity has continuously informed the social, political, cultural, and in some ways, economic dimensions of Russia's historical evolution. To promote study on the intersection of Orthodoxy, civil society, and democracy in Russia, the Institute on Religion and World Affairs at Boston University, Baylor University, and the Kennan Institute will convene a workshop to be held at the Kennan Institute during spring 2004. Conference organizers Christopher Marsh and Elizabeth Prodromou invite proposals from scholars from the fields of political science, religion, sociology, and history. Political and ecclesiastical leaders from Russia are also encouraged to submit proposals. Transportation and accommodations will be arranged for conference participants, in addition to a modest honorarium. Interested parties should submit a 250-word abstract related to the conference theme to Christopher Marsh, Department of Political Science, Baylor University, Box 97276, Waco, TX 76798-7276, or by email to: Chris_Marsh@baylor.edu. Proposals received by October 1, 2003 will receive full consideration.