Tatiana Vagramenko is a post-doctoral researcher at Study of Religions Department, University College Cork, Ireland. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at Maynooth University. Her research interests lie in the area of anthropology of religion and postsocialism, including religion and resistance, religious fundamentalism and secularism, ethnic and religious minorities in Russia and Ukraine. Based on a lengthy field experience and archival research, 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 regime in postsocialist societies. Tatiana’s current 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 KGB archives in Ukraine and the ethnography of the Maidan Revolution.

Project Summary

This project addresses one of the most sensitive issues in the history of religion and socialism – the role of secret police agents and “insider” informers in the development of the Soviet-era religious underground. It examines Soviet political surveillance system directed against the religious opposition, focusing on the significance of accessing the secret police files in the exercise of post-socialist transitional justice in Eastern Europe. Using both anthropological methods and historical sources, the project aims to open up new societal debates on the extension of religious pluralism and the re-emergence of religion in the public sphere, offering a new perspective on religious-political dialogue in post-socialist countries.

Major Publications

“Visualizing Invisible Dissent: Red-Dragonists, Conspiracy and the Soviet Security Police”. In The Secret Police and the Religious Underground in Communist and Post-Communist Eastern Europe. Ed. by James Kapaló and Kinga Povedak. Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe series. Routledge
  • Chronotopes of Conversion and the Production of Christian Fundamentalism in the Post-Soviet Arctic. Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, Vol. 17(1):63-91.

“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