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ISSN 2043-7633

Issue 14

Digital Orthodoxy: Mediating Post-Secularity in Russia

Editorial – Issue 14

Editorial – Issue 14

Orthodoxy in Russia

In October 2015, Runet heatedly discussed the leak of information about the (failed) attempt of the Russian Ministry of Communications to cut the country off from the …
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The Medium for Demonic Energies: ‘Digital Anxiety’ in the Russian Orthodox Church

The Medium for Demonic Energies: ‘Digital Anxiety’ in the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church’s (ROC) discourses about the internet are centered on the idea that digital technology is an ethically neutral instrument. At the same time, however, both the highest …
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Wi-Fi in Plato’s Cave: The Digital Icon and the Phenomenology of Surveillance

Wi-Fi in Plato’s Cave: The Digital Icon and the Phenomenology of Surveillance

The following article takes the negative attitude of the Orthodox Church to the internet as a phenomenon, which derives from a complex development of theories of the icon-medium. I argue …
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Between Homophobia and Gay Lobby: the Russian Orthodox Church and its Relationship to Homosexuality in Online Discussions

Between Homophobia and Gay Lobby: the Russian Orthodox Church and its Relationship to Homosexuality in Online Discussions

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In this article, I address the Church-critical discourse on the relationship between Russian Orthodoxy and homosexuality that pervaded social media discussions after the Church hierarchy was publicly accused of engaging …
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Post-Secularity and Digital Anticlericalism on Runet

Post-Secularity and Digital Anticlericalism on Runet

This article deals with the phenomenon of “digital anti-clericalism” in the Russian-speaking sphere of the Internet (Runet). In the context of post-secularism the claims of Russian clerical and bureaucratic elites …
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Heretical Virtual Movement in Russian Live Journal Blogs: between Religion and Politics

Heretical Virtual Movement in Russian Live Journal Blogs: between Religion and Politics

The article explores how the heresy of the post-denominational community is presented in Russian LiveJournal. The definition of heresy and the rhetoric associated with it is determined by the so-called …
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Orthodox Online Media in Runet. History of Development and Current State of Affairs

Orthodox Online Media in Runet. History of Development and Current State of Affairs

The article deals with the history of the Orthodox segment of Runet, tracing its origins and uncovering key tendencies of its development. Specifically, it discusses ‘colonization’ of the internet by …
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The Body of Christ Online: The Russian Orthodox Church and (Non-)Liturgical Interactivity on the Internet

The Body of Christ Online: The Russian Orthodox Church and (Non-)Liturgical Interactivity on the Internet

Since 2011, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) leaders have been officially promoting an active online interaction between the Church and its believers. They publish official draft texts online and encourage …
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The Religious Identity of Russian Internet Users: Attitudes Towards God and Russian Orthodox Church

The Religious Identity of Russian Internet Users: Attitudes Towards God and Russian Orthodox Church

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The paper examines the religious identity of Russian internet users, analyzing attitudes towards God and the Russian Orthodox Church in the internet-based ‘mass self-communication’. Since the religious identity debate is …
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‘Ortho-Blogging’ from Inside: A Virtual Roundtable

‘Ortho-Blogging’ from Inside: A Virtual Roundtable

This paper presents a ‘virtual roundtable’, compiled from the written interviews with blogging Orthodox priests and religious activists. They relate their experiences and reflections on digitalization of the Orthodox religion, …
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Russian Orthodox Church and New Media: To Be or Pretend to Be? (Conference Overview)

Russian Orthodox Church and New Media: To Be or Pretend to Be? (Conference Overview)

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This paper is a survey of the roundtable discussion at the Russian Orthodox University (Moscow). The debates among Orthodox journalists, academics and clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church were centered …
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My Digital Collection of Icons

My Digital Collection of Icons

In this paper father Tikhon Kozushin relates his experience of engaging with the internet. He presents his vast collection of digital icons and reflects upon uses of the digital medium …
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Ortho-Media for Ortho-Women: In Search of Patterns of Piety

The essay explores how Orthodox women in contemporary Russia collectively invent, test and evaluate new patterns of pious behavior with the help of digital media. Three popular topics: culinary, clothing …
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