Maria Engström (Associate Professor of Russian, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden) focuses on the role of Orthodox Church in Russian politics, contemporary Russian utopian imagination, and imperial aesthetics in Russian literature and art. Her current research examines the Post-Soviet right-wing intellectual milieu and explores cultural manifestation of identity in contemporary Russia. Her most recent publications include the following articles and book chapters: “‘Orthodoxy or death!’ Political Orthodoxy in Russia” (Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries, 2015); “Contemporary Russian Messianism and New Russian Foreign Policy” (Contemporary Security Policy, 2014); and “Forbidden Dandyism: Imperial Aesthetics in Contemporary Russia” (Nordic Fashion Studies, 2012). She co-edited “Digital Orthodoxy: Mediating Post-Secularity in Russia and Ukraine”, a special issue of Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (2015).
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 … Read More