Heather Coleman

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Associate Chair(Graduate), Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

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Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Email
hcoleman@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3922
Address
2-129 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Associate Chair(Graduate), Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Email
hcoleman@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Russian History Ukrainian History History of Religion in Modern Europe


About

I am an historian of Russia, with a special interest in religion and modernization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I teach a range of courses in Russian, modern European, and world history. Since 2011, I have served as editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes. I am also the director of the Program on Religion and Culture at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.


Research

My research has focused on the relationship between religion and social, political, and cultural modernization in late imperial and early Soviet Russia and Ukraine.

My first book, Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929 (Indiana, 2005) received honourable mention for the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize of the Canadian Historical Association in 2006. I am also the co-editor, with Mark D. Steinberg, of Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia (Indiana 2007), and editor of Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion (Indiana, 2014).

My research on Baptists, many of whom were Ukrainian, and on the Russian Orthodox Church’s “internal” mission, led me to my current book project, “Holy Kiev/Kyiv: Priests, Communities, and Nationality in Imperial Russia.” This monograph, funded by SSHRC and the Canada Research Chairs programme, investigates the relationship between the ethno-religious diversity of Kyiv/Kiev province and the rise of a lively pastoral mission among the Orthodox clergy there in the nineteenth century. It explores the dilemma of the “Russian” church in the politically sensitive Southwest Region (which was absorbed into the Russian Empire only in 1793) as a window into the creation of both modern Russian and Ukrainian identities between the 1830s and 1905. It focuses on parish priests as the cultural and religious brokers who stood between the Russian Orthodox Church and the imperial state, and between local communities where the “Russians” mostly spoke Ukrainian, and the mostly Yiddish-speaking towns and Polish-speaking nobility. My study examines both the clergy’s cultural work and their culture, focusing on their relationship with their parishioners, how their understanding of their mission evolved, their representations of their communities and of themselves, and their attitudes toward ideas about Polishness, Russianness, and Ukrainianness. 

Finally, an important aspect of my scholarly contribution has been as an editor. Since January 2011, I have served as editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes, the journal of the Canadian Association of Slavists. 


Teaching

I teach a range of courses, including HIST 128 (War, Revolution, and Society), HIST 210 (Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries), HIST 313 (Medieval and Early Modern Russia), HIST 320 (Russia from Reform to Revolution, 1800-1917), HIST 379 (Religion in Modern Europe), HIST 416 (Topics in Eastern European History -- most recently, a course on the Russian Revolution, but also such Late Imperial Russia, Empire and Nation), HIST 604 (Application of the Social Sciences to History), HIST 630 (Problems in Imperial Russian History).

I very much enjoy graduate training and have had the privilege to work with numerous MA and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. I welcome inquiries from potential graduate students interested in Russian and Ukrainian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Courses

Publications

Вера, семья и нации в дневниках священника киевской епархии о. Михаила Щербаковского [Faith, Family, and Nation in the Diary of Kyiv-diocese Priest, Father Mykhailo Shcherbakivs’kyi],”
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman (Хэзер Колман)
Publication Date: 7/1/2019
Publication: Moscow
Volume: Автобиографика и православие в России кон. XVII-начала XX вв.: вера и личность в меняющемся обществе [Autobiography and Orthodoxy in Russia, late 17th-early 20th centuries: Faith and the Person in a Changing Society], ed. Laurie Manchester and Denis Sdvizhkov
External Link: https://www.nlobooks.ru/books/studia_europaea/21294/
From Kiev Across All Russia: The 900th Anniversary of the Christianization of Rus’ and the Making a National Saint in the Imperial Borderlands
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 3/22/2019
Publication: Ab Imperio
Volume: 2018
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 96-129
External Link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/720025/pdf
The Modern Martyrs of Russia: International Interest in the Stundists and Religious Freedom in Late Imperial Russia
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 6/15/2018
Publication: Religious Freedom in Modern Russia, ed. Paul Werth and Randall Poole
External Link: https://upittpress.org/books/9780822945499/
History, Faith, and Regional Identity in Nineteenth-Century Kyiv: Father Petro Lebedyntsev as Priest and Scholar
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 9/1/2016
Publication: The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History, ed. Serhii Plokhy
External Link: https://www.husj.harvard.edu/authors/64/heather-coleman
Що таке Київське Православ’я? Парафіяльний клір і місцева релігійна практика Київської єпархії у XIX ст. [What is Kyivan Orthodoxy? The Parish Clergy and Local Religious Practice in Kyiv Eparchy in the 19th Century]
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman (Колман Гезер)
Publication Date: 12/1/2015
Publication: Труди Київської духовної академії
Volume: 21
Issue: 2014
Page Numbers: 179-87
External Link: http://kdais.kiev.ua/%D1%82%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B4%D0%B8-%D0%BA%D0%B8%D1%97%D0%B2%D1%81%D1%8C%D0%BA%D0%BE%D1%97-%D0%B4%D1%83%D1%85%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%97-%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BC%D1%96%D1%97/#books2
Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Publication: Indiana University Press
External Link: https://iupress.org/9780253013170/orthodox-christianity-in-imperial-russia/
Theology on the Ground: Dmitrii Bogoliubov, the Orthodox Anti-sectarian Mission, and the Russian Soul
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Publication: Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia: Culture, History, Context, ed. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt and Patrick Lally Michelson
External Link: https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5271.htm
Orthodox Clergy and the Jews in Kyiv Eparchy, 1860-1900
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 7/1/2011
Publication: Journal of Ukrainian Studies
Volume: 36
Issue: Summer-Winter
Page Numbers: 141-154
External Link: http://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1508
Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman and Mark D. Steinberg, eds.
Publication Date: 7/1/2007
Publication: Indiana University Press
External Link: https://iupress.org/9780253218506/sacred-stories/
Russian Baptists and Spiritual Revolution, 1905-1929
Author(s): Heather J. Coleman
Publication Date: 5/1/2005
Publication: Indiana University Press
External Link: https://iupress.org/9780253345721/russian-baptists-and-spiritual-revolution-1905-1929/