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Illustration pour l'annonce de la réunion "Interactions et créativités religieuses"

© Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi


La prochaine réunion du séminaire de l’axe « Interactions et créativités religieuses : perspectives anthropologiques » organisée conjointement avec l’axe « Judaïsmes contemporains » au GSRL aura lieu


Le 16 janvier 2018 – Salle A – de 10 h 00 à 12 h 30


Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL UMR 8582 EPHE–CNRS)
CNRS Site d’Ivry-sur-Seine
27, rue Paul Bert
94 204 Ivry-sur-Seine Cedex
M° Pierre et Marie Curie


Nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir Julia Lerner, professeure à l’Université Ben Gourion du Néguev, Israël.


Julia Lerner interviendra sur le thème :

Saving post-Soviet souls: The new religiosity of Russian-speaking migrants


This talk brings together the anthropology of new religiosity and a critical study of therapeutic emotional culture. It is based on a long-term ethnographic and narrative study of an emerging Russian-speaking religiosity in migrant spaces. The analysis probes three rich biographical narratives of Russian-speaking immigrant women. The first one lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish Chabbad community, the second one is an activist in a Christian Messianic group, and the third one has converted to Islam and is currently an observant Muslim. Being carriers of seemingly opposite religious ideologies and practices, these women, surprisingly, constitute in a very similar way their narrative of personal wellbeing\happiness gained by a religious way of life. While closely examining the content and the language of this happiness, the presentation discusses the contemporary interlacing, merging or mimicry of religious and therapeutic regimes of emotional life, personal well-being and interpersonal relations. Thus, the analysis questions the deeply rooted understanding of “religion as therapy” and suggests reconsidering it in the context of the global therapeutic and neo-liberal cultural condition.