Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award is awarded to James M. White
The 2020 Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award is awarded to Research Fellow in Church History of School of Theology and Religious Studies James M. White for his article “Russian Orthodox monasticism in Riga diocese, 1881-1917”.
In this erudite and highly engaging essay James White reconstructs the social and religious histories of three Russian Orthodox convents and one Russian Orthodox monastery, all of which were established in Riga diocese in the late imperial period.
He masterfully charts the ways in which non-local and local religious, civic, and government leaders combined resources and created Orthodox religious networks throughout the empire and abroad to transform a backwater diocese into a prominent Russian Orthodox site that began to compete successfully with institutions of Lithuanian German Lutheranism and German civilization prior to the onset of World War I. The article constitutes a major contribution to the histories of religion, regional developments, and empire-building and russification within the imperial realm as well as global Orthodoxy.