• Catherine Wanner

    Catherine Wanner

    Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

    Catherine Wanner is a historical anthropologist and Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Using ethnographic and archival methods, her research centers on the politics of religion and increasingly on conflict mediation, animal rights, and trauma healing. In 2020 she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Prize from the Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity. She is the convenor of the Working Group on Lived Religion in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Her most recent monograph is Everyday Religiosity and the Politics of Belonging in Ukraine (Cornell, 2022) and editor of the forthcoming Dispossession: Anthropological Perspectives on Russia’s War Against Ukraine (Routledge, 2023), both of which are available in open access. She is currently writing a book entitled, Animals and War: Empathy and Healing during the Russo-Ukrainian War.

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Everyday Religiosity and the Politics of Belonging in Ukraine

Everyday Religiosity and the Politics of Belonging in Ukraine

This episode of “Women Scholars of Orthodox Christianity” features a conversation with Catherine Wanner. Highly visible, vernacular religious practices make the presence of religious institutions in the public sphere in Ukraine possible and influential, even among non-believers, critics, and skeptics. The ongoing presence of clergy, religious symbolism, and religious sentiment in public space in Ukraine and other...

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