In her talk, Professor Julia Mannherz will investigate the close connection between spirituality and modernity. Although the nineteenth-century is usually described as an age of scientific and technological progress, it is also one of religious revival. One aspect of modern religiosity is a heterodox search for spiritual meaning that aimed to bridge the divide between tradition and progress. In this talk, Prof. Mannherz will focus in particular on spiritualism and on the reception to it among Russian Orthodox theologians.

Julia Mannherz is Professor at the University of Oxford. She works on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century cultural history of the Russian empire and is especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches. Her recent book “Modern Occultism in Late Imperial Russia” (Northern Illinois University Press 2012) analyzes the widespread fascination with the supernatural in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Russia and its role in contemporary discussions about science, folklore, literature and theology.