Pussy Riot’s punk prayer On February 21, 2012, five members of a Russian punk collective called Pussy Riot entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Singing “Mother of God, Chase Putin Out!,” and clad in brightly colored dresses, leggings, and balaclavas, the women danced, kneeled, and crossed themselves in front of the Cathedral’s high altar. Within less than a minute they were apprehended by security guards and removed from the sanctuary. Aided by social networking sites, blogs, and popular YouTube videos (found here and here), Pussy Riot’s plight became something of an international media sensation. Fascinatingly, however, religion played a central role within this media event. The Orthodox Church occupies an odd space in relationship to the secular power of the state. So far, the performance feels like a classic punk gesture: a mixture of aesthetic, political, and religious dissidence inserted deliberately into spaces of order and control. Does Pussy Riot hate religion or love it? AMA citation:
New Left Review Rethinking Secularism: Craig Calhoun Edited by Craig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen Craig Calhoun is President of the Social Science Research Council, University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University, and Founding Director of NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. Mark Juergensmeyer is Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Affiliate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jonathan VanAntwerpen is Program Officer & Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Council. Contributors: Scott Appleby, University of Notre DameTalal Asad, City University of New YorkRajeev Bhargava, Centre for the Study of Developing SocietiesCraig Calhoun, NYUJosé Casanova, Georgetown University Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara Peter J.
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PULSE Ronin Blog | Ronin Institute | Reinventing Academia [Update (5/29): Eric Weinstein will be giving a follow-up lecture this Friday (5/31) at 2pm at Oxford's Mathematical Institute in lecture room L2 (which, I believe, is at location 22 on this map ). Physicists and mathematicians in the area! I hope some of you will be able to attend, and will post your thoughts / reactions online. Original Post: So, a couple of days ago, a fellow named Eric Weinstein gave a lecture at Oxford in which he outlined a theory that he has apparently been working on for a number of years. This sort of thing is always exciting. The talk was the subject of two pieces that ran in the Guardian on the same day as the lecture. The second piece was written by Alok Jha, a science writer. Now, in an ideal world of science, no one would give a crap whether or not this guy was in academia, or even whether or not he had a PhD. Also not surprising was the second response. So what’s the backlash about? 1. Now, at first glance, that seems pretty bad. Except . . . bullshit. 2.