Grazina Bielousova, Instructor, Special Programs

Grazina Bielousova

I am a scholar in Religious Studies (Ph.D., Duke 2022). In my scholarly endeavors, I focus on the intersections of critical race theory, feminism, and religion, with particular attention to the way they apply to the Eastern European context.  I credit these academic interests to having grown up in Eastern Europe (Lithuania) during its turbulent transition from the Soviet Union occupied territories to independent, nationalist states, and to my first-hand experience of the role of religion in geopolitical and state-building processes.  
My dissertation, "The Making of Savage Europe: Religious Difference and the Idea of Eastern Europe" focuses on the role of religion in the emergence of the idea of "Eastern Europe" during the Enlightenment. I draw on the travel narratives and cartographic evidence of the period to trace the intellectual history of Eastern Europe and argue that the region was constructed as an intra-European colonial space patterned on a broader, global racial logic.

Office Location:  148 Langford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 3432
Email Address: send me a message

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I am currently in residence at Duke University, and available for meetings on request. Please email me to set up an appointment.

Church and state--Europe, Eastern • Critical theory • Enlightenment • Enlightenment--Europe • Enlightenment--France • Enlightenment--Influence • Enlightenment--Italy • Enlightenment--Poland • Enlightenment--Russia • Europe, Eastern • Europe, Eastern--History--1989- • Europe, Eastern--Politics and government • Europe, Eastern--Politics and government--19th century • Europe, Eastern--Politics and government--20th century • Europe, Eastern--Social conditions • Europe, Eastern--Social policy • Minorities--Europe, Eastern • Public opinion--Europe, Eastern • Regionalism--Europe, Eastern • Religion • Religion and civil society • Religion and culture • Religion and politics • Religion and state • Religion and the humanities • Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Europe, Eastern • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--Europe, Eastern