Invisible Frontiers in Religion: From Polarization to Conflict

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has taken most of public opinion in Europe by surprise. The general puzzlement is a mixture of astonishment for the return of forms of organized violence that were thought to be definitively overcome in the Old Continent and uncertainty about the real causes of the conflict. The impression, in fact, is that the military confrontation is traversed by a series of invisible frontiers that are not only as important as the state borders, but are also one of the main objectives of the propaganda that has made the Russian-Ukrainian war, if possible, more ruthless than modern wars usually are.

In her seminar, Professor Stoeckl will try to shed light in particular on the invisible frontiers that demarcate the complex religious landscape not only of Russia and Ukraine, but of the entire Orthodox Christianity, and intersect society, politics, and culture at multiple points.


Scientific coordination
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “De-Polarization in Religion and Ethics


The event will be held in Italian

The presentation will take place online

To connect to the event, registration is required by Monday 21 March 2022 at 12.00 noon

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  • Università di Innsbruck
    Kristina Stoeckl is Professor of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck and Director of the “Postsecular Conflicts Research Group” at the same university, with a special focus on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union (


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Registration closed on 21/03/2022.

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