Pavlo Smytsnyuk

Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanley J. Seeger '52 Center for Hellenic Studies.

Pavlo Smytsnyuk is a Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow jointly at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Religion. He specializes in political theology and religious nationalism in Orthodox Christianity and neo-Hinduism, and is currently working on explicating the category of religion as an instrument of anti-colonial struggle. Pavlo has written on the politicisation of religion in the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

From 2019-2022, Pavlo was the Director of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies and a Senior Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. He designed and taught a range of courses at the intersection between theology, politics and ethics at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Pavlo spearheaded several internationally-collaborative projects on Eastern Christian identity, religion, war, peacebuilding, and sustainable development goals.

 Pavlo studied philosophy and theology in Italy (Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome), Greece (National Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Russia (Orthodox Theological Academy of St Petersburg). In 2019, he obtained a Doctorate from the Univeristy Oxford (Campion Hall).

Selected Publications

 “Ukrainian Orthodoxy: Ecumenical Aspects and Problems”, forthcoming in: Orthodoxy in Two Manifestations? The Conflict in Ukraine as Expression of a Fault Line in World Orthodoxy, edited by Thomas Bremer, Alfons Brüning and Nadieszda Kizenko, New York, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

“The Politicization of God: Soloviev, Clément and Yannaras on the Theological Importance of Atheism”, forthcoming in: ET Studies - Journal of the European Society for Catholic Theology.

“A Tortuous Boundary: Polis, Civil Religion, and the Distinction between the Sacred and Profane”, Theology and the Political: Theo-political Reflections on Contemporary Politics in Ecumenical Conversation, edited by Alexei Bodrov and Stephen M. Garrett. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2021, pp. 106-127.

“Kenotic Ecumenism: What Can Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Learn from the Parable of the Grain of Wheat?”, Stolen Churches or Bridges to Orthodoxy? Ecumenical and Practical Perspectives on the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Dialogue, Edited by Vladimir Latinovic and Anastacia K. Wooden. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, Vol. 2, 69-84.

Pars pro toto, or Who Represents Universality? The Churches of Rome and Constantinople Between Particularity and Catholicity”, One in Christ 55, no. 1 (2021) 75-92.

“Revolution, Glory and Sacrifice: Ukraine’s Maidan and the Revival
of a European Identity”, Europa (neu) erzählen: Inszenierungen Europas in politischer, theologischer und kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive, edited by Martin Kirschner, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2022, pp. 215-236.