Dr Nicholas Lackenby
Research Fellow in the Material Ecology and Sociopolitics of Religion
Dept of Anthropology
Faculty of S&HS
- Joined UCL
- 19th Oct 2020
My research brings together the anthropology of religion/morality with the anthropology of ethnicity/nationalism. Through an ethnographic focus on the former Yugoslavia, I ask how collective identity can function as a moral framework within which people cultivate themselves as persons, and through which they make claims about the world.
My doctoral project at Cambridge explored the revitalisation of Serbian Orthodox Christianity. Specifically, my fieldwork focused on a demographically-diverse range of people in and around the town of Kraljevo and their efforts to ‘live liturgically’ as Orthodox Christian ‘believers’. I studied practices of fasting, commemoration, and collective worship, as well as discourses surrounding national history, repentance, and suffering.
- Nationalism and ethnic belonging
- Peoplehood and personhood
- Temporality and historical consciousness
- The anthropology of Orthodox Christianity
- Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Balkans, Serbia
- University of Cambridge
- Doctorate, Social Anthropology | 2020
Before Cambridge, I completed an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology here at UCL. For this, I conducted fieldwork in Russia’s Leningrad Oblast, exploring issues of religious knowledge and education in post-Soviet Russian Orthodoxy.
I am currently a postdoc on a new project - Orthodox Christian Material Ecology and the Sociopolitics of Religion - funded by the UKRI, and based at UCL Anthropology. See: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/research/orthodox-christian-material-ecology-and-sociopolitics-religion