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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Nordic Experiences in Pan-nationalisms: A Reappraisal and Comparison, 1840–1940

Björk-Winberg M., Bohlin A., Egorov E. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Economic history of early modern Russia (Introduction)

Dadykina M., Kraikovski A., Lajus J.

Cahiers du Monde Russe. 2023. Vol. 64. No. 2. P. 297-316.

Book chapter
Natural Resources and Management Expertise in the Monastic Salt Industry of the White Sea Area in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Kraikovski A., Dadykina M.

In bk.: Thinking Russia’s History Environmentally. Berghahn Books, 2023. Ch. 1. P. 25-47.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Аnthropology of Religion

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
1 year, 2 module


Kormina, Jeanne

Kormina, Jeanne

Course Syllabus


Questions of religion have been central to anthropology from its beginnings and remain so today when religion (re)emerges as a global force. While the early scholarship perceived religious phenomena through the skeptical lens of secular science, recent critiques brought up anthropology’s own orthodoxies and the need for theoretical and methodological renewal. Every new paradigm took up the challenge to explain religion and its pervasiveness in human culture and society. The anthropology of religion emerged out of such creative tensions as a vibrant field of theoretical inquiry and impressive scholarship. The course is structured around major themes that shaped the study of religion
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to introduce students into current theoretical debates in the filed of anthropology of religion.
  • The aim of the course is to discuss anthropological approach to the study of religion
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students have knowledge on variety of rationalities
  • Students have understanding on how religion is present in the public sphere
  • Students know main ideas of academic debates about non-linearity of secularisation
  • Students know that religion can provide people with moral examples to follow
  • Students understand that mediation is. a crucial part of religious pracrice
  • Students understand the genealogy of the concept f religion
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Problems of definition
  • Varieties of Secularism
  • Morality, Ethics and Self-cultivation
  • Religious Temporalities and Regimes of Historicities
  • Religion, Mediation and Aesthetics s of Presence
  • Secular sensibilities in a postsecular age
  • Trading with God(s)
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking homework
  • non-blocking presentation of a text at the seminar, organization of discussion in class
  • non-blocking home exam - two short essays
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.25 * presentation of a text at the seminar, organization of discussion in class + 0.25 * homework + 0.5 * home exam - two short essays


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • James S Bielo. (2015). Anthropology of Religion: The Basics. Routledge.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bielo, J. S. (2016). A companion to the anthropology of religion. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 24(1), 103–106. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12247