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“Symphonia”? A New Patriarch Attempts to Redefine Church–State Relations in Serbia

Aleksov, Bojan; Lackenby, Nicholas; (2023) “Symphonia”? A New Patriarch Attempts to Redefine Church–State Relations in Serbia. Comparative Southeast European Studies , 71 (3) pp. 412-433. 10.1515/soeu-2023-0039. Green open access

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Abstract

The authors examine the relationship between Church and state in Serbia since the election of the new patriarch in February 2021. They demonstrate the ways in which Church and state have begun to take divergent paths. This is not to suggest that political and ecclesiastical power are not deeply entwined in contemporary Serbia—they are. However, the authors show how—contrary to accounts which present Church and state as practically homologous—clerical and political leaders are increasingly pulling in different directions. They evaluate the key features of what has so far been a brief, but momentous tenure of the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije. A particular emphasis is placed on the new patriarch’s ecclesiastical diplomacy, the ever-increasing role of the Church as a mnemonic agent, the Church’s reaction to Belgrade hosting an LGBT pride parade and, finally, its rapport with the Serbian government.

Type: Article
Title: “Symphonia”? A New Patriarch Attempts to Redefine Church–State Relations in Serbia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/soeu-2023-0039
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/soeu-2023-0039
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2023 the author(s), published by De Gruyter on behalf of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.en.
Keywords: Serbian Orthodox Church; Church–state relations; Serbia; Patriarch Porfirije; Aleksandar Vučić
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179030
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