Tatiana Vagramenko


Docència/ Teaching

Antropología del Ártico (Grau de Antropología), curs 2021-22


Línies de recerca/ Research interests and projects

  •  El Ártico ruso, pueblos y culturas indígenas en Siberia, chamanismo;
  •  Antropología de la religión, la política de la religión en la Rusia y Ucrania postsoviética;
  •  La policía secreta (KGB) y los movimientos religiosos clandestinos en la Unión Soviética


Grups de recerca

Grup d’Estudis sobre Cultures Indígenes i Afroamericanes (CINAF)

Red española de Investigación sobre Europa Central y Oriental

Projectes d'investigació

2019-2021      “Religion under Surveillance: Religious Dissent and Secret Police Archives in Soviet Ukraine”, Anna and Nikander Bukowsky Endowment Fund, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta), COST Action and Imre Kertesz Kolleg. Individual project

2017-2019      “Religious Minorities in Ukraine from the Soviet Underground to the Euromaidan: Pathways to Religious Freedom and Pluralism in Enlarging Europe” (Project No: GOIPD/2017/764), Irish Research Council Government of Ireland, University College Cork. Individual project


2017-2021      COST Action CA16213 “The New exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent”, European Union’s Horizon 2020. Group member

2018-2021      “Creative Agency and Religious Minorities: ‘Hidden Galleries’ in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe”, European Research Council project, PI – James Kapalo, University College Cork. Collaborator

2016-2019      “Cultural Opposition – Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries”, European Union’s Horizon 2020. Member of expert network group, area of expertise – Soviet Ukraine and Ukrainian diaspora

2010-2012      Center for the Study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Russia, European University at St. Petersburg. John Templeton Foundation and University of Southern California, Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative. Investigator

2009-2011      “Changing Vectors of Development: Locating Russia in Development Discourse and Practice”, Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Development Initiative, PI - Dr. Patty Gray. Research Coordinator


Publicacions / Publications

Edited volume:

2020    James Kapaló and Tatiana Vagramenko (eds.). Hidden Galleries: Material Religion in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe. Zürich: Lit Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-643-91263-3.



Forthcoming   “KGB Photography Experimentation: Turning Religion into Organized Crime.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, special issue: “Political Police and the Soviet System: Insights from Newly Opened KGB Archives in the Former Soviet States”.

Forthcoming   Co-author with Gabriela Nicolescu. “The Hand at Work or How the KGB File Leaks in the Exhibition.” Martor Review, special issue: “Visual Ethics after Communism.”

2021    Forthcoming in fall 2021, “KGB ‘Evangelism’: Agents and Jehovah’s Witnesses in Soviet Ukraine.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Vol. 22(4).

2021    “Visualizing Invisible Dissent: Red-Dragonists, Conspiracy and the Soviet Security Police”. In The Religious Underground and the Secret Police in Communist and Post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. Ed. by James Kapaló and Kinga Povedák. Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe series. Routledge, pp. 60-82.

2021    Co-author with Gabriela Nicolescu “Образы насилия над верующими в музейной экспозиции: История одного дела из архива КГБ” [Images of Violence in a Museum Space: A History of one KGB File]. Религиоведческие исследования, Vol. 23(1).

2020    Co-author with James Kapaló. “Introduction: Archives and Faith Communities.” In Hidden Galleries: Material Religion in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe. Zürich: Lit Verlag. Pp.8-11.

2020    “How the KGB Turned Believers into the Enemy”. East-West Church Report Vol. 28(1):11-12.

2019    “Non sono venuto a portare la pace, ma una spada”: la politica della religione dopo il socialismo e la precarietà della vita religiosa nell’artico russo. Il Polo. No. 3 (September):9-26. (In Italian).


Book Chapters:

2018    Co-author with András Fejérdy, Áron Kovács, and Mateja Režek. “Religious Resistance: Forms, Sources, and Collections” In The Handbook of COURAGE: Cultural Opposition and its Heritage in Eastern Europe. Ed. by Baláz Apor, Péter Apor and Sándor Horváth. Budapest: Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Pp. 445-471

2018    Co-author with Baláz Apor and Mikołaj Kunicki. “Cultural Opposition Goes Abroad: The Collections of Diaspora Communities” In The Handbook of COURAGE: Cultural Opposition and its Heritage in Eastern Europe. Ed. by Baláz Apor, Péter Apor, and Sándor Horváth. Budapest: Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Pp. 473-491.

2018    Book review Orttung, Robert W., ed. 2016. Sustaining Russia’s Arctic Cities: Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change. New York: Berghahn Books. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, 12(2):147-149. (Q3)

2018    Chronotopes of Conversion and the Production of Christian Fundamentalism in the Post-Soviet Arctic. Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, 17(1):63-91. (Q2)

2018    “I Came not to Bring Peace, but a Sword”: The Politics of Religion after Socialism and the Precariousness of Religious Life in the Russian Arctic. Theological Reflections: Euro-Asian Journal of Theology. Vol. 20: 135-152.

2018    «Не мир пришел Я принести, но меч»: Постсоветская религиозная политика и перипетии религиозной жизни в Российской Арктике. Богословские размышления. Евро-Азиатский Журнал богословия. Vol. 20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.29357/issn.2521-179X.2018.20.7. (in Russian).

2018    La reseña del libro Sustaining Russia’s Arctic Cities. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana, 13(3):463-467. (In Spanish). (Q1)

2017    “Blood” Kinship and Kinship in Christ’s Blood: Nomadic Evangelism in the Nenets Tundra. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, 11(1):151-169. (Q3)

2017    “Indigeneity and Religious Conversion in Siberia: Nenets ‘Eluding’ Culture and Indigenous Revitalization”. In Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews. Comparative Studies on Contemporary Eurasia, India and South America. Ed. by L. Gusy and J. Kapalo. LIT Verlag. Ethnologie: Forschung und Wissenschaft. Pp. 207-229.

2011    “V poiskakh sokhranenia... Religioznoe obraschenie kak mekhanizm adaptatsii yamalskikh nentsev” [For the sake of continuity… Religious conversion as an adaptation mechanism for Yamal Nenets indigenous people] In Sud’ba dialoga v usloviakh globalizatsii i sotsial’no-kul’turnikh transformatsii. Salekhard. Pp. 268-274. (In Russian).

2008    “Traditsionnaya kul’tura nentsev Yamala v predstavlenii khristianskikh missionerov: yazychestvo ili ‘Vetkhii zavet’?” [Yamal Nenets Traditional Culture in the Perception of Christian Missionaries: Paganism or ‘Old Testament’?] In Radlovskii sbornik. St.-Petersburg: MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS. Pp. 257-263. (In Russian).

2007    “‘Neudobnaya vera’. Religioznoye obrashchenie nentsev Yamala” [‘Inconvenient Faith’. Religious Conversion of Yamal Nenets] In Slavianskii khod. Materialy i issledovaniia. Vol. 3. St.-Petersburg: MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS. Pp. 151-155. (In Russian).