1st Edition

Memory and Religion from a Postsecular Perspective

Edited By Zuzanna Bogumił, Yuliya Yurchuk Copyright 2022
    448 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    448 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book argues that religion is a system of significant meanings that have an impact on other systems and spheres of social life, including cultural memory.

    The editors call for a postsecular turn in memory studies which would provide a more reflective and meaningful approach to the constant interplay between the religious and the secular. This opens up new perspectives on the intersection of memory and religion and helps memory scholars become more aware of the religious roots of the language they are using in their studies of memory. By drawing on examples from different parts of the world, the contributors to this volume explain how the interactions between the religious and the secular produce new memory forms and content in the heterogenous societies of the present-day world. These analyzed cases demonstrate that religion has a significant impact on cultural memory, family memory and the contemporary politics of history in secularized societies. At the same time, politics, grassroots movements and different secular agents and processes have so much influence on the formation of memory by religious actors that even religious, ecclesiastic and confessional memories are affected by the secular.

    This volume is ideal for students and scholars of memory studies, religious studies and history.

      1. Introduction: Memory and Religion from a Postsecular Perspective

      Zuzanna Bogumil and Yuliya Yurchuk

      Part 1: Memory and Religion: Theoretical Considerations

      2. Religion and Collective Memory of the Last Century: General Reflections and Russian Vicissitudes

      Aleksandr Agadjanian

      2. Sacred Religio-Secular Symbols, National Myths and Collective Memory

      Geneviève Zubrzycki

      Part 2: Postsecularity and Politics of Memory

      3. The Armenian Genocide: Extermination, Memory, Sacralization

      Adam Pomieciński

      4. Building a Patrimonial Church: How the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine Use the Past

      Yuliya Yurchuk 

      5. ‘God is in Truth, Not in Power!’: The Re-militarization of the Cult of St Alexander Nevsky in Contemporary Russian Cultural Memory

      Liliya Berezhnaya

      6. The Martyrdom of Jozef Tiso: The Entanglements of the Sacred and Secular in Post-War Catholic Memories

      Agáta Šústová Drelová

      7. Remembering and Enforced Forgetting: The Dynamics of Remembering Cardinal József Mindszenty in the Cold War Decades

      Réka Földváryné Kiss

      Part 3: Post-Conflict Memories

      8. Evocation and the June Fourth Tiananmen Candlelight Vigil: A Ritual-Theological Hermeneutics

      Lap Yan Kung

      9. Religious Echoes of the Donbas Conflict: The Discourses of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish Communities in Ukraine

      Nadia Zasanska

      10. Official Quests, Vernacular Answers: The Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) as a Memory Actor in the Post-Conflict Republic of North Macedonia (2001–19)

      Naum Trajanovski

      11. Negotiating the Sacred at Non-Sites of Memory. The Religious Imaginary of Post-Genocidal Society

      Karina Jarzyńska

      Part 4: Media and Postsecular Memory

      12. The Crimean Tatars’ Memory of Deportation and Islam

      Elmira Muratova

      13. The Soviet Past in Contemporary Orthodox Hymnography and Iconography

      Per-Arne Bodin

      14. Whose Church is It? The Nonreligious Use of Religious Architecture in Eastern Germany

      Agnieszka Halemba

      Part 5: Transnational and Vernacular Memories

      15. The Political Use of the Cult of St Tryphon of Pechenga and Its Potential as a Bridge-Builder in the Arctic

      Elina Kahla

      16. ‘Vernacular’ and ‘Official’ Memories: Looking Beyond the Annual Hasidic Pilgrimages to Uman

      Alla Marchenko

      17. Memory as a Religious Mission? Religion and Nation in Local Commemoration Practices in Contemporary Poland

      Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper

      18. Critical Juxtaposition in the Postwar Japanese Mnemoscape: Saint Maksymilian Kolbe of Auschwitz and the Atomic Bomb Victims of Nagasaki

      Jie-Hyun Lim

      Afterword. From ‘Religion as a Chain of Memory’ to Memory from a Postsecular Perspective

      Kathy Rousselet


      Zuzanna Bogumił, PhD, works at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her published works include Gulag Memories: The Rediscovery and Commemoration of Russia's Repressive Past (2018) and a co-authored study titled Milieux de mémoire in Late Modernity: Local Communities, Religion, and Historical Politics (2019).

      Yuliya Yurchuk, PhD, teaches history at Umeå University, Sweden. She specializes in memory, the history of religion and Eastern Europe. She is the author of the book Reordering of Meaningful Worlds: Memory of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Post-Soviet Ukraine (2014).

      'Up until this volume, no scholarly study has been dedicated to exploring the intersection of memory and religion. To this end, Memory and Religion in Postsecular Persepctive offers new vistas on how political and social change comes into being by reinterpreting well known theories.'

      Cathrine Wanner, Pennsylvania State University, USA

      'The book states fundamental questions of relations and boundaries between sacred and profane, religious and secular, political uses of religious narratives and media, the features and contexts of memory processes within the sphere of religion in its institutional and vernacular, lived forms. Elaborating such important issues needs intellectual courage and sensitivity allowing the in-depth and refreshing analyses, that we can find in the book.'

      Małgorzata Zawiła, Jagiellonian University, Poland