This conference represents the second stage of a larger project intended to encourage rethinking of Russian history in the early modern era (1500-1800).
The study of Russian history has changed a lot since the 1980’s, to some extent by the appearance of new ideas and paradigms, but also by an enormous if uneven empirical revolution. The period most affected by the empirical revolution is the early modern era and, unlike the case of later centuries, it has not been accompanied by much rethinking. In April, 2015 Yale hosted a conference on the Russian state in the early modern era that brought many new ideas to the subject, to be published shortly in a collection of papers through Slavica Press.
This conference will examine the other important area of change in the early modern era: religion. We will be bringing together a small group of historians, social scientists, art historians, and others to think about a strategy for researching and rethinking religion, Orthodox and other faiths, in Russia in these centuries.