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Regina Elsner is a theologian and, since September 2017, a researcher at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). From 1998 to 2005, she studied Catholic theology in Berlin and Münster. Afterwards, she worked until 2010 as a project coordinator for Caritas Russia in St Petersburg. From 2010 to 2013, she was a research associate at the Ecumenical Institute of the University of Münster, within the research stream ‘Institutions and institutional change in post-Socialism’. In this framework, she focused on the historical and theological aspects of the Russian Orthodox Church’s confrontation with modernity. In 2016, she completed her PhD on this topic. At ZOiS, through the project ‘Morality instead of peace’, Regina Elsner is investigating the dynamics of Russian Orthodox social ethics since the fall of the Soviet Union.
ZOiS research project
- Morality Instead of Peace. The Social and Ethical Discourse of the Russian Orthodox Church Between Theological Sovereignty and Political Adaptation
- Christian social ethics
- The Russian Orthodox Church as sociopolitical actor
- Christian churches and human rights