Head of the Organising Committee
Sanna Turoma
sanna.turoma [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Coordinator
Kaarina Aitamurto
kaarina.aitamurto [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Secretary
Maarit Elo-Valente
maarit.elo-valente [at] helsinki.fi

Conference Intern
Miikka Piiroinen
miikka.piiroinen [at] helsinki.fi

Conference e-mail:
fcree-aleksconf [at] helsinki.fi

The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358-(0)50-3565 802

aleksanteri [at] helsinki.fi


Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Elina Kahla (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Bishop Mitrofan (ROC Diocese of Severomorsk and Umba, Russia)

Antoine Fr. Lévy (University of Eastern Finland)

Katya Tolstaya (INASEC, Netherlands)

Panel abstract: Modernisation of Russia - Agency and Choices of the Russian Orthodox Church

Related to the topic of the conference that culture and its traditional institutions have become increasingly integrated into state policies in order to reconstruct a uniform national and geopolitical Russian identity, and that official views of the country's future draw from an understanding of Russia as a unique civilization separate from the West, the panelists elaborate on the role of the Russian Orthodox Church as an institutional soft power agency in society. The panelists discuss agencies and choices of the leadership of the ROC and official clergy; its opposing fractions; the question of the Ukrainian Orthodox Chruch for the Moscow Patriarchate, the impact of the ROC and its agencies (e.g. Russki mir) in educational and cultural activities within Russia and canonical territory of the ROC as well as among Russian diaspora.