The 33rd Methodological Seminar "Totalitarian Past: The Case of Eastern and Central Europe"

May 10, 2024

This year, the Eastern European Institute of Theology is launching a new series of theological methodological seminars entitled "Public Theology in the Context of Overcoming the Totalitarian Past." These seminars aim to analyze the experience of the totalitarian and colonial past in Eastern and Central Europe, to study its consequences for contemporary socio-political processes in the region, and to search for the outlines of a public theology that can contribute to the deconstruction of totalitarian and post-totalitarian experience and the building of sustainable democratic structures.

The first seminar in this series, "The Totalitarian Past: The Case of Eastern and Central Europe. Political, Social and Ecclesiastical Aspects" will be held online on May 10 on Zoom. The seminar starts at 10:00 am Kyiv time.

Speakers of the Seminar
Taras Lyuty

Taras Lyuty is a Ukrainian philosopher and writer. Doctor of Philosophy. Professor at the NaUKMA Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Senior fellow at the Department of Philosophical Anthropology of the Hryhoriy Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy. He is the author of numerous publications on the history of philosophy and philosophical anthropology.

Serhii Shumylo

Serhii Shumylo is a Ukrainian historian, specialist in religious studies, journalist and public figure. He is a candidate of historical sciences (PhD) and a Doctor of Theology (ThDr). Shumylo is the Director of the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine, a science researcher at the Institute of History of Ukraine, and an invited science researcher at the University of Exeter (UK).

Olena Panych

Olena Panych is an Associate Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her research focuses on the history of Evangelicalism and religious diversity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Ukraine. Her teaching areas include different aspects of interfaith relationship and state policies towards religious denominations in the countries of Eastern and Western Europe and Ukraine.

Taras Bublyk

Fr. Taras Bublyk is a PhD in History, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Church History at the Ukrainian Catholic University. He is a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Teofil Stanciu

Teofil Stanciu is a translator, book editor, and blogger. He is a Director of the publishing house and the Editor-in-chief of the journal Convergente. A member of the Academic Council of the Eastern European Insitute of Theology. He teaches a course in Public Theology in the Culture and Theology Masters Program at Eastern European Bible College (Oradea, Romania). Since 2024, he has been a member of the Program Leadership Team of Osijek Doctoral Colloquium.

Andrej Bukovac-Mimica

Andrej Bukovac-Mimica is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki and a teaching assistant at the University Center for Protestant Theology Matthias Flacius Illyricus at the University of Zagreb.

Work of the Seminar

Kyiv time

10:00 – 11:30 – "The Church in a Totalitarian State" (Teofil Stanciu, Andrei Bukovac-Mimica). Language: English.

11:30 – 12:00 – break

12:00 – 14:15 – "The Experience of Underground Christianity in Totalitarian States and Its Impact on Today's Churches" (Olena Panych, Serhii Shumylo, Taras Bublyk). Language: Ukrainian.

14:15 – 15:00 – break

15:00 – 16:30 – "Particulars of Totalitarianism in the Context of Confrontation between Empire and Colony" (Taras Lyuty). Language: Ukrainian.


To participate in the seminar, you need to fill in the registration form here.