The ´Asian Face´ of Pentecostalism in Post-Soviet Russia

Wednesday, 16 January 2013, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, IWM library
In her talk Kovalchuk will look at the Pentecostal churches’ activities in contemporary Russia, and particularly at the Korean missionaries’ work in the Far East and Siberia. Koreans erected churches mainly among indigenous peoples of Siberia and among the newly-formed Korean Diaspora, challenging their traditional identities. The presentation will be based on research and fieldwork data collected in Altay, Hakhasia, Tuva Republics and in other Siberian regions at the edge of the 20-21st centuries.

A general overview of Pentecostalism in the Russian Federation will be followed by an explanation of the reasons for planting Korean churches in Russia and in Central Asia. Kovalchuk will explain the difference between the Korean and non-Korean Pentecostals in ideology, methods of conversion, and geopolitical interests.

The seminar may be interesting for researches working in the field of sociology of religion, Asian Studies, international relations.

Julia Kovalchuk is Post-doctoral researcher in Ethnology, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk; currently she is Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellow at IWM.