New publication "Orthodoxy on the Move. Mobility, Networks and Belonging from the 16th to the 20th Century""This special issue of Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa was coordinated as an invited editor by Mihai-D. Grigore. The work is in Open Access (DOI: 10.24193/subbto.2023.1).
The contributions are individual recordings that together paint a larger picture of connectivity, communication, and exchange within and beyond Orthodoxy across a broad temporal spectrum from the sixteenth to the Russo-Japanese War at the beginning of the twentieth century. Young scholars focus on the complexity, variety, and subtility of multiple forms of mobility and movement.
Topics approached were the philanthropic networks between Europe and North Africa with their web of matrimonial, spiritual, and ideological purposes; Constantinople’s holy places seen through the marvelled eyes of Protestant travellers; Patriarchs of Alexandria on the move to Mount Athos preoccupied with moving things in the lifestyle of the monk-republic; an Orthodox reformer and polemist trying to counteract popular syncretistic piety and vernacular translation of holy scriptures with their changing effect on Orthodoxy; an Athos-monk who did not want to and still created a huge Orthodox monastic revival in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; Orthodox travellers to China and their influence on Western cartography and science; the existential movement of conversion to Islam and reconversion back to Orthodoxy under the Ottoman rule; the education of Russian Orthodox clerics in the pietist environment of Germany; the motion and power of a war-icon in the Russo-Japanese war between the Republic of Moldavia, Kiev and Port Arthur in China.