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The 7th Congress Of Belarusian Studies Kicks Off In Warsaw

Today the 7th International Congress of Belarusian Studies kicked off in Warsaw, this time in cooperation with Collegium Civitas. Previous conferences took place in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Congress remains one of the rare opportunities for academics working on Belarus to … Continue reading

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Religions in Belarus: Declared Equality vs. Reality

Inspired by the report on religious restrictions that the Pew Research Centre released in April, I have written an article about the situation in Belarus. The article looks at how the authorities struggle to reconcile the religious diversity with the right … Continue reading

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Networking and Conferencing on Belarus in London

Last Saturday I attended the 2nd conference “Belarusian Studies in the 21st century” organised by the Ostrogorski Centre, SSEES (UCL) and the Francis Skaryna Library in London. This time the event attracted around 20 scholars and researchers from the places including the … Continue reading

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Reflexivity in Research: Reflections from a Field Trip to Belarus

This summer when I was doing my fieldwork, I explored a bit a Baptist church located in the sleeping area of Minsk. That was the biggest church I have seen so far. It was built in the 1990s, when Protestant … Continue reading

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Hrodna: Vibrant and Religious

“Hrodna is predominantly a Catholic city, maybe 78% per cent of people are Catholics here, there are a few Orthodox, and a few Pentecostals too”, I hear from a Hrodna-born young man, Siarhey. In the past Hrodna (Grodno) was very diverse religiously … Continue reading

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Religion and Language

So here I am in Belarus, a country with two official languages – Belarusian and Russian. The latter one remains, however, lingua franca. It is the language of almost all spheres of public life, including media, politics, and education. Belarusian remains … Continue reading

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God Is Back In Belarus

Unexpected religious revival in the post-Soviet space? In the 1990s, the former Soviet republics found themselves in completely new social realities. Interestingly, despite the decades of atheization, some sort of religious revival took place throughout the whole post-Soviet space. Millions … Continue reading

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