“What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”
19-20 July 2021.
The Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE) at University of Rijeka and the Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) are pleased to invite you to take part in the mixed-format conference ““What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”. The conference sessions will be in English and Russian.
This event marks a new stage in cooperation between the CAS and the Ural Federal University. In 2020, Russian Science Foundation has granted its support to the research project “Ethics of War in Orthodox Christianity: Individual Moral Experience and Cultural Contexts of Moral Choices” (https://www.rscf.ru/en/project/20-18-00240/) which brought together philosophers and historians, anthropologists and legal scholars from Southeast and Eastern Europe in the search for historical precedents of and possible guidelines for making moral choices in military conflicts.
The project aims at finding alternative approaches to current normative theorising about war in analytical philosophy. While the latter focuses on moral justification of military violence in just war theories, this project builds on the assumption that moral values are ‘lived’ — enacted and experienced — by individuals rather than declared and codified by philosophers. Moral choices can only be analysed in particular cultural contexts. These contexts make moral values both meaningful and applicable within personal experience. Therefore, we invited conference presenters to focus not on the universalized moral norms but on culturally specific interpretations of personal experience of war and contextualized moral choices made by individuals.
Apart from tragic history of wars, Southeast and Eastern European nations share rich heritage of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose theological and practical attitudes to war and violence are alive in folk tales, popular religiosity and mass culture. CAS’s Moise Palace will host Belarusian, Croatian, Russian, and Serbian scholars who will discuss whether Christian Orthodox heritage can contribute to solving ethical dilemmas that we face today.