Prof. Alexander Agadjanian
Alexander Agadjanian was born in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow State University, received doctoral degree in modern history at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He taught at the religious studies department, Arizona State University, and since 2003 is Professor at the Center for the Study of Religion, Russian State University of the Humanities, Moscow. He also teaches history and sociology of religions in other Moscow universities. Currently, the main area of interests and research is religious developments in the post-Soviet Russia and Eurasia. He is co-editor of the Russian language academic quarterly 'State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide,' and is on editorial boards of a few European journals. Recent publications include Religion, Nation and Democracy in the South Caucasus (co-editer and author, Routledge 2015); Turns of Faith, Search of Meaning: Orthodox Christianity and Post-Soviet Experience (Peter Lang, 2014); Armenian Christianity Today: Identity Politics and Social Practices (editor and author, Ashgate 2014); Parish and Community in Russian Orthodoxy (co-edited, 2011, in Russian); Eastern Orthodoxy in a Global Age (co-edited, Altamira 2005).
Prof. Geneviève Zubrzycki
Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan. She studies national identity and religion, collective memory and national mythology, and the contested place of religious symbols in the public sphere. She's the author of the award-winning books The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (2006, Polish trans. 2014) and Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec (2016), and the editor of National Matters: Materiality, Culture, and Nationalism (2017). Zubrzycki pursues her analysis of religion, secularism, and memory in a new monograph, tentatively entitled Antisemitism, Philosemitism and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Poland.