Clemena Antonova

Senior Teaching and Research Fellow, University of Sofia

Visiting Fellow
(February – April 2018)


Justifications of Wealth: Art Patronage in Russia Before the Revolution and Now

In this project, I will consider art patronage in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century up to 1917, and at the beginning of the twenty-first century up to the present. I will suggest that, in both periods, a specific discourse develops around patronage, which is framed in religious terms with clear Christian-Orthodox associations. I will ask why, and under what conditions, the discourse of “religious giving,” first formulated in Late Antiquity, reappeared in the modern period particularly in Russia.

Previous stays at the IWM:

June 2011 – May 2013, Lise Meitner Visiting Fellow



Lecture Report on Endre Sashalmi’s “From Tsar to Emperor”

On 12 November 2012, Endre Sashalmi, Prof. at the Department of Medieval and Early Modern History at the University of Pécs in Hungary, gave a talk at the IWM. The topic of the lecture made it a perfect fit for the “Colloquia on Secularism” at the IWM. The approach of the lecturer, which looked at …
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Pavel Florensky and the Nature of Russian Religious Philosophy: Overcoming the Religious-Secular Divide

This project studied religion and secularism in the writings of Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), one of the main representatives of Russian religious philosophy. Funded by the Austrian Fund of Sciences (FWF).
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