Religion and Gender

The online journal for the systematic study of gender and religion in an interdisciplinary perspective

Vol 4, No 2 (2014): Pussy Riot as Litmus Paper: Political Protest and Religious Culture

Edited by Anne-Marie Korte, Katya Tolstaya and Heleen Zorgdrager

For the text of Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer, see the Russion original: and an English trranslation:

Table of Contents


Editorial PDF
Religion and Gender editors 91-92
Introduction to the special issue on Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer PDF
Anne-Marie Korte, Heleen Zorgdrager, Katya Tolstaya 93-99
Stained Glasses and Coloured Lenses: The Pussy Riot Case as a Critical Issue for Multidisciplinary Scholarly Investigations Abstract PDF
Katya Tolstaya 100-120

Articles (special issue)

Women on the Fault Lines of Faith: Pussy Riot and the Insider/Outsider Challenge to Post-Soviet Orthodoxy Abstract PDF
Vera Shevzov 121-144
Lost in Translation? Pussy Riot Solidary Activism and the danger of perpetuating North/Western Hegemonies Abstract PDF
Katharina Wiedlack, Nasha Neufeld 145-165
‘Black Robe, Golden Epaulettes’: From the Russian Dissidents to Pussy Riot Abstract PDF
Cécile Vaissié 166-183
Collective Female Identities in Discussions about Pussy Riot’s Performance Abstract PDF
Anna Agaltsova 184-201

Professional/Personal Essays

Mater Nostra: The Anti-blasphemy Message of the Feminist Punk-Prayer Abstract PDF
Elena Ivanovna Volkova 202-208
Girls by the Church: Construction of a Pussy Riot Event in Finland as a Threat to Russian Gender Roles and Sexual Norms Abstract PDF
Teivo Teivainen 209-214
Will Pussy Riot Dance on #Euromaidan? New Dissidence, Civic Disobedience and Cyber-Mythology in the Post-Soviet Context Abstract PDF
Nataliya Tchermalykh 215-220


Interview with Ekaterina Samutsevich Abstract PDF
Katya Tolstaya, Heleen Zorgdrager, Anne-Marie Korte 221-233

Book Reviews

Review of Marcia Claire Inhorn, The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012, ix + 403 pp., ISBN 978-0-691-14889-2 PDF
Laila Khalid Ghauri 234-236
Review of Linell E. Cady and Tracy Fessenden, Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference, New York and Chicester, West Sussex: Columbia University Press 2013, ix+326 pp., ISBN 978-0-231-16249-4 PDF
Holly Gorman 237-239
Review of Nina Nurmila, Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia, London/New York: Routledge 2009, xviii + 197 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-67387-7 PDF
Zayn Kassam 240-243
Review of Ofer Nordheimer Nur, Eros and Tragedy: Jewish Male Fantasies and the Masculine Revolution of Zionism, Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press 2014, xxiv + 220 pp., ISBN 978-19-36-23585-8 PDF
Björn Krondorfer 244-247
Review of Lynn Echevarria, Life Histories of Bahai Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century, New York: Peter Lang Publishing 2011, ix+229 pp., ISBN 978-1-4331-1457-1 PDF
Prem Kumari Srivastava 248-251
Review of Andrew Hock Soon Ng, Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press 2011, 281 pp., ISBN 978-988-8083-21-3 PDF
Vinodh Venkatesh 252-254

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