Kristina Kovalskaya


Post-Doctoral Researcher; GSRL, Paris


Kristina Kovalskaya holds a Doctorate in Sociology from PSL University/École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE, Paris). Her thesis focuses on the role of religious experts in the development of public policies as well as their contribution to the formation of religious concepts in Russia (Central Region, North Caucasus and Volga-Ural). In her latest article, ‘Between the Spaces: Experts on Islam in Russia’, she analyses the work of experts on Islam in Russia through the multivalence of the notion of space (secular/religious). Beyond the RedGold Project and the Wikistan electronic platform, she is currently collaborating on a French-Russian collective project on the Russian Orthodox Church and space (dir. Detelina Tocheva, Zhanna Kormina). Parallel to her research activities, Kristina Kovalskaya teaches sociology in the Universities of Panthéon-Sorbonne, Lille and Evry, and at the NEOMA Business School). She is a member of the board of the Thematic Network 43 ‘Sociology and Religions’ of the French Association of Sociology, as well as a member of other international associations (ASEEES, BASEES, ISSR).

Publications related to the project’s theme

Kristina Kovalskaya, ‘Between the Spaces: Experts on Islam in Russia’, Ethnicities 20/4 (2020): 752–68

Kristina Kovalskaya, ‘Nationalism and Religion in the Discourse of Russia’s “Conservative Experts on Islam”’, in M. Kemper & A. Bustanov, eds., Islam and Russian Orthodoxy: Beyond the Institutions, London: Routledge, 2018: 13–33

Kristina Kovalskaya, ‘The Traditional and the Non-Traditional in the Religious Life of the Russian Federation’, Mundo Eslavo 12 (2013): 69–78

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