Andrey Menshikov

International conference “What Unites the Countries of Orthodox Christian Culture Today?”

International conference

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” ( 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.


19 July, 2021.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 889 7648 1370 Passcode: 350116



  1. Bojanic Peter (University of Belgrade) What Is Victory?

  2. Icin Kornelia (University of Belgrade) Top Hit Songs of WWII: “Wait for Me” and “Lilie-Marlen”

  3. Dudchik Andrei (Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus) Conceptualizing Belorussian Partisan Movement: Ethics, Truth, Identity

  4. Cherepanova Ekaterina (Ural Federal University) Justification of Death at War in Orthodox Christian Culture (Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945)

  5. Agapov Oleg (Kazan Innovative University) Forms and Practices of Development in the Orthodox World of the 21st Century


  1. Menshikov Andrey (Ural Federal University) Political Theology and Political Virtues: Wars and Civic Duties

  2. Lunkov Alexsandr (Institute of Philosophy and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences) The Orthodox Ethos of the Russo-Japanese War: Between Domestic and Foreign Infidels

  3. Davletshina Anna (Ural Federal University) Experiencing Uncertainty: Memories of the Refugees about WWII

Seminar with Andrey Menshikov: “Political emotions, religious feelings and human rights”

“In the aftermath of Pussy Riot punk prayer, a section on the freedom of conscience in the Russian criminal code has been renewed and the norm appeared aimed at protecting “religious feelings”. This clause, although extremely controversial, indicates the important trend. By granting the right to protection of religious feelings, legislature not merely positively discriminated “believers”, it replaced rationally definable harm with emotional hurt.

The talk focused on the growing role of emotions both in decisions that affect human rights and on possible the re-conceptualization of the freedom of religion in a situation when, as O. Roy puts it, “freedom of religion is both defined as a Human right and is perceived as a threat to Human rights”.”

Andrey Menshikov graduated in Philosophy from the Ural State University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) and Medieval Studies from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). He defended his PhD dissertation on Nicolas of Cusa’s theory of toleration at the Ural State University (2006). He was a fellow at Boston University (2004), University of California Berkeley (2007), Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (2007-8) and is now involved in research projects on political philosophy (religious freedom) and intellectual history (philosophical reflection on war and collective violence) supported by the Russian Science Foundation.

Seminar with Andrey Menshikov was held in dialogue with UNIRI CAS SEE fellows at the University campus in Rijeka on December 6, 2019.

Spring – Autumn 2019 CAS SEE Fellowship Recipients

The Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (CAS SEE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring – Autumn 2019 CAS SEE Fellowship Awards at the University of Rijeka. The purpose of the CAS SEE Fellowship Programme is to further the research and creative work in the fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences in the Balkans. Fellows will present their work within the CAS-Collegium, creating an intellectually heterogeneous atmosphere and fostering a productive self-examination or even friction, which may lead to new and unexpected ideas and innovation.

Please join us in congratulating the following CAS SEE Fellowship Awards, University of Rijeka recipients:

Bojan Baca (York University, Canada)

Project – title: “Digitalization of the Marketplace of (Reactionary) Ideas: The Alt-Right as a Political Ideology, Social Movement, and Counter-Culture”

Monica Cano Abadia (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Project – title: “New Materialist Cartographies of Patterns of Exclusion in Digital Environments”

Guglielmo Feis (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Channeling Social Justice through the Blockchain? A Critical Review of the Potentiality of Distributed Ledger Technology (DTL) in Reducing Financial Inequalities and Improve the Access to Financial Information”

Ivan Flis (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Project – title: “Open Science as a Movement of Digital Disruption”

Greta Favara (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Normative Political Theory and the Public Role of the Theorist”

Natasha Jankovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title:Rijeka: an experimental field of concrete utopia”

Nilay Kilinc (University of Surrey, UK)

Project – title: “Highly-Skilled Turkish Migrants’ Search for Alternative Diaspora Spaces in Europe: How They Build (Digital) Social Networks Beyond the ‘Culture of Rejection’”

Dragana Kovačević Bielicki (University of Oslo, Norway)

Project – title: “Mapping the anti-migrant protests in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through their online media coverage (2015-present)”

Massimo Leone (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Project – title: “Democracy and Trolling in Internet Threads (DETROIT)”

Andrey Menshikov (Ural State University, Russia)

Project – title: “Unequal Distribution of Religious Freedom in the Discourse on Human Rights”

Valentina Moro (University of Padova, Italy)

Project – title: “Deconstructing Languages of Rejection: a Political Theory Analysis of Feminist Discourses and Methodologies”

Sabino Paparella (University of Bari, Italy)

Project – title: “Political Disintermediation in the Digital Era”

Roberto Roccu (LSE, London, UK)

Project – title: “Comparative Political Economies of Lost Hope: Subaltern Trajectories of Inequality, Transformation and Rejection from the Arab Uprisings to Crisis Europe”

Oszkar Roginer (University of Graz, Austria)

Project – title: “Cultures of Rejections – (self)perception of minorities and knowledge production”

Francesca Rolandi (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Doš’o sam u grad iz pasivnog kraja. Internal Migration, Settlement Dynamics and Social Practices in post-World War II Rijeka”

Snezana Vesnic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title: “Positive European Futures: Creating New Concepts for the Transformation and Redefinition of Digital European Values Case study: Rijeka Between Analog and Digital”