IAHR Executive Committee Members 2010-2015
Deputy Treasurer: Marianna Shakhnovich, Russia
Born in 1957; 1979 Diploma in the History of Religion, with distinction, State Leningrad University, Department of the History of Religion, Faculty of Philosophy (USSR); 1982 Ph.D. in the History of Religion and the History of Philosophy, the same place; 2000 Dr.Habil. in the History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion, State Saint-Petersburg University, Russia (“Epicurus’ Philosophy of
Religion and Epicurean Tradition in the History of European Culture”).
1979-1995 Junior–Senior–Leading Curator, the State Museum of the History of Religion, Leningrad/Saint-Petersburg; 1982-1991 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, State Leningrad/Saint-Petersburg University; 1991-1998 Associate Professor, the same place, 2001- Professor, the same place, 1998 - Chair of the Department of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies, the same place.
Additional professional experience: 2000- Professor, Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, State Saint-Petersburg University (Joint project with Bard College, New-York, USA); 2003, Fall semester Fulbright Professor, Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester, NY (USA)
2007- Member of the President’s of Russian Federation Council for the Interaction with Religious Organizations; 2007- Chair of the Academic Council of the State Museum of the History of Religion, Saint-Petersburg; Individual member of the European Association for the Study of Religion; 2006- Co-President of the Russian Society of Teachers of Religious Studies; 2001- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “ Religiovedenie” (“Study of Religion”).
2005-2006 Expert in the Joint project of Council of Europe and European Commission and Russian Federation “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue through Education”; 2007-2009 Expert in the Joint project of European Commission and Council of Europe “On Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity Through Education”.
Academic interests: History of Religions, ancient Greek and Rome in particular; comparative religion; methods and theory in study of religion; history of philosophy of religion and religious free-thinking.
Lecturing in 2010-2011: History and Phenomenology of World Religions; Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy of Religion; Anthropology of Religion; Study of Religion: Methods and Theory.
Recent awards: 2010-2011 Russian National Fund for the Humanities: research project in the History of Study of Religion in Russia; 2008 Kone Foundation Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for the Advanced Studies; 2007 Ministry of Culture and Mass Media of Russian Federation, Diploma for the Important Contribution to the Development of Culture; 2005-2007 Russian National Fund for the Humanities: research project in the Methods and Theory in Study of Religion.
More than 120 articles and books (in Russian), among them: The Religious Studies: History, Phenomenology, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology of Religion. Manual for Students. (Editor and Contributor). Saint-Petersburg: Piter, 2009 (3nd revised ed.); The World Religions. Manual for Students. (Editor and Contributor). Saint-Petersburg: St.Petersburg Univ. Publ., 2007 (3nd revised ed.); Essays on the History of Religious Studies. Saint-Petersburg: St.Petersburg Univ.Publ., 2006; The Image of Paradise: From the Myth to the Utopia. (Editor and Contributor). Saint-Petersburg: St.Petersburg Univ. Publ., 2003; The Garden of Epicure. Epicure’s Philosophy of Religion and Epicurean Tradition in the History of European Culture. Saint-Petersburg: St.Petersburg Univ. Publ., 2002.
Unfortunately, few publications in English, among them: The Study of Religion in the Soviet Union, Numen. 1993 (40).