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Noontime Scholars Lecture - Orthodox Travel and the Conquering of the Kazakh Steppe

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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Feb 11, 2014   12:00 pm  
Aileen Friesen, REEEC Postdoctoral Fellow
Free and open to the public
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By the early 20th century, Asiatic Russia constituted a favorite destination for adventurers, explorers, ethnographers, missionaries, and many others enticed by the possibilities held by the eastern half of the Russian empire. Men and women, of Russian and foreign descent, mustered their courage, braved local conditions, and lived to tell others of their exploits in published accounts of their travels. Yet, it was not only outsiders who shared their impressions of the land and the people. Local Orthodox clergymen also published descriptions of their travel experiences during this period. This presentation will analyze articles published in Omsk Diocesan Gazette by Orthodox clergymen about their travels through the Kazakh steppe. Using these sources, Dr. Friesen will explore the ways in which the Orthodox Church used spiritualized travel in its quest to transform historically non-Orthodox lands into a stronghold of the church.

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