Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Religion and Spirituality Brown Bag Series: "Geography of the Russian Great Schism: Old Believers around the World," by Dr. Bella Jordan

Wed, February 19, 2014 | BUR 231

12:00 PM

Religion and Spirituality Brown Bag Series:

Join us for the first talk in our Spring 2014 "Religion and Spirituality" Brown Bag Series!

The Great Schism of 1666, precipitated by Patriarch Nikon’s religious reforms, brought about the unprecedented dispersal of the Old Believers not only within the Russian empire, but also around the world. Today Old Believer communities can be found in the most remote and secluded places from the Siberian tundra and taiga to the steppes of northern Kazakhstan and Northern Caucasus. In 1761, pushed out by the relentless persecution by Catherine II, Old Believers left the borders of the Russian Empire and settled in the Ottoman Empire, Eastern Europe, and eventually migrated as far as North America. Dr. Jordan will analyze the historical context and the political and theological reasons for the major split in the Russian Eastern Orthodox Church and will discuss the contemporary geography of Old Believers settlements.

Bella Jordan received her PhD in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, with a specialty in Siberia. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. She is the author of four books: Siberian Village: Land and Life in the Sakha Republic,Russia; European Culture Area: A Systematic Geography, 4th and 5th editions; and The Siberian Homeland: The Turks of the Subarctic. 

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