Russian Conservatism

The research theme Russian Conservatism brings into focus the expertise on Russia and Russian Orthodoxy of Postsecular Conflicts Research Group members. We have contributed to a paradigm-shift in the study of Russian conservatism and Russian Orthodoxy by bringing out the importance of transnational influences on conservative intellectual trends in Russia. Moving beyond reductive approaches to Russian conservatism and letting behind ideological constructs of Russian traditionalism, our research spearheads the interpretation of Russian social and intellectual developments in the light of global trends and dynamics. The Postsecular Conflicts Research Group has hosted critical voices from the Russian academic spectrum and commits to an ongoing open dialogue and academic exchange.

The most important recent research achievement under this theme is the volume “Contemporary Russian Conservatism” edited by Mikhail Suslov and Dmitry Uzlaner, the first comprehensive study of the “conservative turn” in Russia under Putin.


Its fifteen chapters, written by renowned specialists in the field, provide a focused examination of what Russian conservatism is and how it works. The book features in-depth discussions of the historical dimensions of conservatism, the contemporary international context, the theoretical conceptualization of conservatism, and empirical case studies. Among various issues covered by the volume are the geopolitical and religious dimensions of conservatism and the conservative perspective on Russian history and the politics of memory. The authors show that conservative ideology condenses and reworks a number of discussions about Russia’s identity and its place in the world.


Journal Articles
Book Chapters


Kristina Stoeckl Round 400x400

Kristina Stoeckl
Research Group Leader

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Boris Knorre 400x400

Boris Knorre
Visiting Fellow, Oct – Nov 2018

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Caroline Hill 400x400

Caroline Hill
PhD Student, 2017 – 2022

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Dmitry Uzlaner 400x400

Dmitry Uzlaner
PostDoc, 2016 – 2020

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Chrissy Stroop 400x400

Chrissy Stroop
Associated PostDoc, 2016 – 2017

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Sergei Chapnin
Visiting Fellow, Oct 2016 – Jan 2017

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Bernhard Schneider
Project Dissemination

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