publication . Article . 2018

A Tale of Two Orthodoxies: Europe in Religious Discourses of Russia and Georgia

Shota Kakabadze; Andrey Makarychev;
  • Published: 17 Jul 2018 Journal: Ethnopolitics, volume 17, pages 485-502 (issn: 1744-9057, eissn: 1744-9065, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Estonia
The article seeks to analyze discourses of two Orthodox Churches—Georgian (GOC) and Russian (ROC)—from the vantage point of their various interconnections with Europe and the ensuing representations of Europe framed in religious terms. Of particular salience are relations between ROC and GOC, on the one hand, and the Roman Catholic Church, on the other, as well as the positioning of both ROC and GOC within the global community of Orthodox Churches. The analyzed political circumstances force religious hierarchs of both institutions, even if they share the similar ambivalence toward the West, to differently reproduce the image of Europe. The broader geopolitical picture puts the GOC in the position of supporting government’s foreign policy agenda which goes in opposition to the Kremlin, in spite of the fact that the former has a lot of common with the Moscow Patriarchate when it comes to criticism toward the Western liberal value systems.
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05 social sciences, 0506 political science, 050601 international relations, 050602 political science & public administration
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free text keywords: Political Science and International Relations, History, Cultural Studies, Russian Orthodox Church, Georgian Orthodox Church, vene õigeusu kirik, gruusia õigeusu kirik, Epistemology, Vantage point, Representation (politics), History
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Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 691818
  • Funding stream: H2020 | CSA
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