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Guest lecture for students: Russian Messianism and Russia's Foreign Policy

We are very pleased to announce a guest lecture by Alicja Curanović, Assistant Professor at University of Warsaw. The lecture's title is "On a Mission to Save the World? Contemporary Messianism and Russia’s Foreign Policy".

Painting of a yellow castle with red flames all around.

Nicholas Roerich, "Fairest City is the Enemies’ Vexation" (1912)

A messianic revival?

Messianism is often referred to as one of the inherent features of Russia’s culture and politics. The annexation of Crimea, the war in Ukraine and the so called “conservative turn” in Russian politics have revived talk of Russian messianism. Some have interpreted these developments as a manifestation of the revival of Russian messianic imperialism. In regard to the fundamental issue whether contemporary Russian foreign policy is messianic, experts’ opinions are divided.

Messianic motifs in Russian foreign policy

Some hold that messianism disappeared with the fall of the USSR. Others, however, insist that the sense of mission is an indispensable part of the Russian worldview. In her talk, Curanović will present the main findings of her research whose main goal was to characterise messianic motifs in the foreign policy of the Russian Federation (2000-2018).

Where and when

February 12, 10.15 AM, seminar room 14, P.A. Munchs hus. Tea and coffee will be served. Registration is required due to space restrictions, but all interested students are welcome. NB! The talk will be given in English.

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About the speaker

Alicja Curanović is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw. She holds a PhD in political science (PhD thesis: "The Religious Factor in the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation"). Her main research interests are: Russian foreign policy; religious factor in international relations; international relations in the post-Soviet area, perception, identity, image and status, messianism in politics. She has conducted research inter alia at the Harvard University, Columbia University, Stanford University, the Russian State University for Humanistic Studies and MGIMO.

Published Jan. 19, 2020 10:38 AM - Last modified Jan. 19, 2020 10:44 AM