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Tatiana Vagramenko

Former George F. Kennan Fellow


    December 2, 2019 — February 29, 2020

    Professional affiliation

    Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College Cork

    Wilson Center Projects

    Religion under Surveillance: Religious Dissent and Secret Police Archives in Soviet Ukraine

    Full Biography

    Tatiana is a postdoctoral researcher at University College Cork, Ireland. She has an MA in the Study of Religions from St. Petersburg State University and an MA in Anthropology from European University at St. Petersburg. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Maynooth University. Tatiana’s project “Religious Minorities in Ukraine from the Soviet Underground to the Euromaidan: Pathways to Religious Freedom and Pluralism in Enlarging Europe”, funded by the Irish Research Council, dwells upon historical materials from recently opened SBU (former KGB) archives in Ukraine and the ethnography of the Maidan Revolution. Her work focuses on the politicization of religion in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, and the legacy of Soviet religious dissent and religious minorities’ resistance to authoritarian regimes in postsocialist societies. Her current research “Religion under Surveillance: Religious Dissent and Secret Police Archives in Soviet Ukraine” is supported by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and the COST Action.

    Major Publications

    (Forthcoming, February 2020) Kapaló, James and Tatiana Vagramenko, eds. Hidden Galleries: Material Religion in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe. Berlin: Lit Verlag.

    2018 Chronotopes of Conversion and the Production of Christian Fundamentalism in the Post-Soviet Arctic. Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, 17(1):63-91.

    2018 “I Came not to Bring Peace, but a Sword”: The Politics of Religion after Socialism and the Precariousness of Religious Life in the Russian Arctic. Theological Reflections: Euro-Asian Journal of Theology. Vol. 20: 135-152.