Lecture by Michael Stausberg (University of Bergen). Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies’ Zoroastrian Studies Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.In several publications Michael Stausberg has focused on alternative histories and constructions of Zoroastrianism, namely self-identifications as Zoroastrians by individuals and groups that do not belong to the ethnic Zoroastrian communities of Iran and India. This talk will analyze one such development, namely the emergence and history of Zoroastrian groups in Russia and other post-Soviet states since the 1990s.
Michael Stausberg has been Professor of Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway since 2004. His main areas of work are theories of religion and ritual, the history of the study of religion, Zoroastrianism, and religion and tourism. His books in English include Zarathustra and his Religion (2008), Religion and Modern Tourism (2011) and, as editor or co-editor, Theorizing Rituals (2006-2007), Contemporary Theories of Religion (2009), The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion (2011), and Defining Magic (2013). He serves as the European editor of the journal Religion (Routledge) and of the book series Religion and Reason (de Gruyter).