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Women Scholars of Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern EuropeA Conversation with Aleksandra Đurić-Milovanović.

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The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University is delighted to present another episode of its webinar series highlighting the scholarly insights and academic careers of female scholars whose research and writing explore some facet of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christianity.

Book Cover: Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern Europe

This episode features a conversation with Aleksandra Đurić-Milovanović. Her recent co-edited book with Radmila Radić, Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern Europe, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in series Christianity and Renewal in 2017. This edited volume explores the changes underwent by the Orthodox Churches of Eastern and Southeastern Europe as they came into contact with modernity through diverse and interdisciplinary contributions. The movements of religious renewal among Orthodox believers appeared almost simultaneously in different areas of Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth and during the first decades of the twentieth century. This volume examines what could be defined as renewal movement in different Eastern Orthodox traditions. Some case studies include the God Worshippers in Serbia, religious fraternities in Bulgaria, the Zoe movement in Greece, the evangelical movement among Romanian Orthodox believers known as Oastea Domnului (The Lord’s Army), the Doukhobors in Russia, and the Maliovantsy in Ukraine. This volume provides a new understanding of processes of change in the spiritual landscape of Orthodox Christianity and various influences such as other non-Orthodox traditions, charismatic leaders, new religious practices and rituals.

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  • Aleksandra Đurić-Milovanović

    Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

    Aleksandra Đurić-Milovanović, PhD, is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and completed her master's studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgr...

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  • Ashley Purpura

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Purdue University

    Ashley Purpura is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, a Faculty fellow of the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program, and the Director of the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. at Ford...

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