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May 28, 2015 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

THURSDAY FORUM: American and Russian Iconography

Professor Martin C. Putna, Department of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, discusses two of his books about U.S. and Russian iconography.

Professor Putna compares American and Russian religious iconography and its influence on modern culture and existing “culture wars” based on two of his thematically connected books: Icons from the Cultural History of American Religiosity and Icons from the Cultural History of Russian Religiosity.  While the book about the US takes on the multi-faceted nature confession and the conflict between liberal and conservative religious trends, the book on Russian iconography covers historical ground from St.Vladimir to Vladimir Putin, from “insane Saints” to the punk band Pussy Riot. Russian religiosity is presented as a web of national and religious traditions from across Eastern Europe with special attention paid to spiritual customs of Ukraine and their sway over the current political conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Professor Putna is a literary historian and critic whose area of expertise is the relationship between culture and religion. He is professor of cultural anthropology at Charles University, Prague.


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May 28, 2015 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


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