1917-2017: A Critical Reflection on the theological legacy of the Russian Diaspora

Andreopoulos, A. (Organiser)

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2017 marks the centenary of the Russian revolution, and the exile of a generation of Russian theologians and intellectuals to Western Europe. For this reason, the Orthodox Research Centre would like to organize a conference dedicated to the theological legacy of the Russian Diaspora.
In the last few years the contribution of the Russian Diaspora in the West, especially in Paris, Oxford, and New York, has been recognized as seminal in the regeneration of modern Orthodox theology, as well as in a wider presence in ecumenical Christianity. The influence of Afanasiev and Schmemann for instance, may be seen in the thought of Vatican II, and the neopatristic synthesis, represented by people such as Florovsky and Lossky, is associated with the increased study on the Patristic tradition, prevalent in all denominations of Christianity after the middle of the 20th century. Yet, although the presence of the Russians in Paris and the Russians in New York have been celebrated repeatedly, and is an essential part of the study of modern Orthodox theology, the critical evaluation of the theological contribution of the Russian Diaspora has not yet been carried out sufficiently.
In the proposed conference particular emphasis will be given to the theological directions explored by the Russian exiles, and the question of whether such directions have now ran their course and have been replaced by new horizons, or whether we are still struggling with very similar difficulties. In other words, instead of a historical celebration, the conference will attempt a critical reflection of the thought of the Russian Diaspora, and an exploration of its contribution in the Eastern and Western theological thought of the present.
Period11 Jan 2018 - 13 Jan 2018
Event typeConference
LocationWinchester, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational