Conférence de David Koester le 10 mars 2015 : "Sources of Spiritual Power in Orthodoxy and Indigeneity in Rural Kamchatka"

Chers collègues,

Le mardi 10 mars de 10h à 12h30 dans le cadre du séminaire du programme "Religions et Sociétés en Asie" du GSRL, 59-61 rue Pouchet, M° Brochant (salle 255), nous aurons le plaisir d'accueillir David Koester, professeur au département d'anthropologie de l'Université d'Alaska-Fairbanks, actuellement au GSRL dans le cadre du programme "Research in Paris".

Il effectuera une présentation sur le thème : "Sources of Spiritual Power in Orthodoxy and Indigeneity in Rural Kamchatka, Russia".


Even before the USSR collapsed, people in rural Kamchatka in the Russian Far East began to seek ways to revivify and reidentify with spiritual beliefs and religious institutions, especially within Russian Orthodoxy. In the early 1990s an overwhelming percentage of indigenous Itelmen people took opportunities to become baptized (christianized) in the church.
Relics from the Christian holy land, charismatic priests, visions of the dead, and direct spiritual and divine connections figured in the wave of new experiences. As people made changes in their lives they drew on various local, familial, national, historical and ecclesiastical resources to generate novel opportunities and form new identities and patterns of life. Taking its start from critiques of Weberian religious types and theories of identity and religious subjectivity, this presentation examines the life stories of individuals and the social and cultural resources that created obstacles and opportunities as people sought and managed liaisons with divine and spiritual power.

Nous espérons vous retrouver nombreux.


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