21 October - Book launch of The Secret Police and the Religious Underground in Communist and Post-Communist Eastern Europe
Study of Religions Department
Dr James Kapaló and contributing authors of a recently published edited book.
Thursday 21 October 2021, 4-5pm; Online via MS Teams. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
Book launch - This book, one of key outputs of the Hidden Galleries ERC project that was hosted in the Study of Religions Department at UCC from 2016-2021, addresses the complex intersection of secret police operations and the formation of the religious underground in communist-era Eastern Europe. It discusses how religious groups were perceived as dangerous to the totalitarian state whilst also being extremely vulnerable and yet at the same time very resourceful. It explores how this particular dynamic created the concept of the "religious underground" and produced an extremely rich secret police archival record.
In a series of studies from across the region, the book explores the historical and legal context of secret police entanglement with religious groups, presents case studies on particular anti-religious operations and groups, offers methodological approaches to the secret police materials for the study of religions, and engages in contemporary ethical and political debates on the legacy and meaning of secret police archives in post-communism.