Sean Griffin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Sean Griffin is an interdisciplinary scholar of Russian culture, religion, and politics. His current research focuses on topics as diverse as Russian Orthodox liturgy, contemporary media and memory politics, and the resurgence of medievalism in post-Soviet literature and film.  His first book, The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019.


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Selected Publications

  • The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, Fourth Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • 'Revolution, raskol, and rock 'n' roll: the 1,020th anniversary of the Day of the Baptism of Rus'. In revisions with The Russian Review.

  • 'Putin's Medieval Weapons in the War against Ukraine'. Studies in Medievalism, v. 29. Karl Fugelso (ed.). Suffolk, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 2020, pp. 13-21.

  • "Евхаристический подтекст мученичества князей Бориса и Глеба". Вестник Санкт-Петербургского Университета. История, v. 65 (no. 1). St Petersburg: St Petersburg University Press, 2020, pp. 5-18.

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Works In Progress

The Sacred Reign of Vladimir Putin: Liturgy, Media, and the Politics of Memory (monograph)
The Medieval Mystique in Putin's Russia (monograph)
Russian Orthodoxy in the North Pacific (documentary film)