Public seminar: Reading the Pussy Riot Act

Date: Tuesday 17th September

Time: 6.30-9pm

Place: Involve, Mint Lane, Lincoln. Click for map

This is part of our free, monthly public seminar series. Everyone is welcome. Come along to find out more about the Social Science Centre.

In 2012 the Russian all-women punk band Pussy Riot hit national headlines as they were imprisoned for an impromptu performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Their case provides a window into Russia today. It also lends itself to a number of different academic readings – political, cultural, legal, theological. This illustrated talk engages with the Pussy Riot case from these perspectives.

Edwin Bacon is Reader in Comparative Politics and has specialisms in the politics of Russia and of religion. He has published five books on Russian politics, history, and society, and many articles in peer-reviewed journals. Edwin has taught in universities for over two decades and holds the Birkbeck Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also worked as a Senior Research Officer for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a Parliamentary Special Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the House of Commons. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, and is a member of the international editorial board of Religion State and Society. Alongside his academic work, Dr Bacon has engaged closely with the policy and business communities, writing many consultancy reports and advising policy-makers in the UK and beyond.

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