INaSEC academic and valorization projects

On this page you can find information on INaSEC running academic and valorization projects.

INaSEC's international interdisciplinary research groups

INaSEC is coordinating two international interdisciplinary research groups: ThaG-group and OK-network.

  • Focus ThaG-group: interdisciplinary theology and study of religion; this cannot do without methodology and theory.
  • Focus OK-network: methodology and theory in the study of post-Soviet religion; this cannot do without theology.

The ThaG-group and the OK-network started as separate yet interrelated projects with a substantial thematic and methodological overlap, both being informed by knowledge of the socio-political and cultural contexts. As of 2018 they have integrated. The current research group is continuously expanding and attracting further scholars.

Theology after Gulag research group (ThaG-group)

The project “Theology after Gulag” was initiated by INaSEC in 2016. The project deals with the totalitarian Soviet past and its legacy all over the former Soviet bloc. It aims to promote an interdisciplinary and interreligious understanding of the Soviet past that addresses it in its complexity, and to develop building blocks towards processing this past. To this end the project creates new approaches for the interdisciplinary study of religion as a first step towards a post-Soviet theology.

The first major conference of the project, "Gulag Legacy", was held on 8-9 June 2018 at the Hermitage Amsterdam.


Orthodox Kaleidoscope network (OK-network)

INaSEC has acquired the maximum grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) within the program ‘Internationalisation in the Humanities’. The grant is provided for the network project ‘Orthodox Kaleidoscope: Studying the Russian Orthodox Church. Heterogeneity, Complexity, Dynamics’ (OK-network).

Together with the INaSEC-team a permanent interdisciplinary network of scholars from at least 17 international institutions will investigate the heterogeneity of post-Soviet religious resurgence. The aim is to develop an appropriate theory and method to study post-Soviet religious resurgence which will be of wider interest for the study of religion in the humanities. The network has the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, ROCMP) as its main but not exclusive focus. The network takes particular interest in the heterogeneity of theological, social, political, and economic factors shaping contemporary Orthodoxy.

The OK-network initiative emerged from INaSEC’s vision, which was confirmed in the experience of all researchers involved, that existing approaches in religious studies do not suffice to understand the dynamics and developments of religion in post-Soviet contexts. The resurgence of religion in these contexts and the prominent public and societal role of the ROCMP provide a unique setting and a challenge to test existing academic methodologies and concepts.

The project runs for three years (October 2015–October 2018) and includes several expert meetings, joint publications, and a research grant proposal.

The first expert meeting of the OK-network has taken place from 19-21 May at the Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam. The second meeting was held on 6-7 June 2018 in Amsterdam. 

INaSEC's Exhibitions

From 2016 onwards INaSEC organises a traveling exhibition of pictures of contemporary pilgrimage in Russia by the English photographer Sandra Reddin and of icons of the Serbian icon painter and INaSEC fellow Borislav Prodanovic.

The series was launched during the May 2016 network meetings in the Lloyd hotel Amsterdam. From 8 December 2016 until 4 January 2017, the Lloyd Hotel hosted an extended exhibition. In September 2017, a pop-up exhibition was organised during the "National Monument Weekend"; and on 16 December the major exhibition was opened at the Icon museum in Kampen, where the works will be on display until June 2018.

In July and August 2018 the exhibition will travel to Castle Hernen, hosted by the A.A. Bredius-Stichting.

INaSEC's Exhibitions