Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Religion and the Politics of Belonging during the War on Ukraine
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Please join the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) and the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Catherine Wanner (Penn State), moderated by Valentina Izmirlieva, Director of the Harriman Institute.

Religion is pivotal to how the relationship between the Russian and Ukrainian peoples is understood. This talk offers a comparison of religious affiliation prior to the war and the spate of complications that have been introduced since the invasion.


Catherine Wanner is a Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies at Penn State University. She earned a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. She is the author or editor of six books, including the forthcoming Everyday Religiosity and the Politics of Belonging in Ukraine. In 2020 she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Prize from the Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity.