Victoria Fomina

Victoria Fomina is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. Her doctoral dissertation examines the commemorative practices of martyrs and heroes in Russia and Cyprus with a focus on the role heroic and martyrical representations play in sustaining nationalist mobilizations in contemporary Orthodox communities. Through a comparative exploration of modern martyr cults in Russia and Cyprus she examines the relationship between nationalism, religion, and militarism and sheds light on the broader phenomenon of the rise of social conservatism in contemporary societies.


religion and secularism, nationalism, social conservatism, militarism, cultural transmission, anthropology of morality, cognitive anthropology, Russia, Cyprus


2018. “Between Heroism and Sainthood: New Martyr Evgenii Rodionov as a Moral Model in Contemporary Russia.” History and Anthropology 29 (1): 101 – 120.


“How Can a Painting Make One Lose One’s Faith?” Blog Post. International Cognition and Culture Institute, 2 March 2018.