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Noontime Scholars Lecture - Orthodox Travel and the Conquering of the Kazakh Steppe

SpeakerAileen Friesen, REEEC Postdoctoral Fellow
Date Feb 11, 2014
Time 12:00 pm  
Location 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Cost Free and open to the public
Sponsor Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
Event type Lecture
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By the early 20th century, Asiatic Russia constituted a favorite destination for adventurers, explorers, ethnographers, missionaries, and many others enticed by the possibilities held by the eastern half of the Russian empire. Men and women, of Russian and foreign descent, mustered their courage, braved local conditions, and lived to tell others of their exploits in published accounts of their travels. Yet, it was not only outsiders who shared their impressions of the land and the people. Local Orthodox clergymen also published descriptions of their travel experiences during this period. This presentation will analyze articles published in Omsk Diocesan Gazette by Orthodox clergymen about their travels through the Kazakh steppe. Using these sources, Dr. Friesen will explore the ways in which the Orthodox Church used spiritualized travel in its quest to transform historically non-Orthodox lands into a stronghold of the church.

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