Exploring the eastern central european uncanniness
About the author: Caroline is a second-year master's student studying Global Studies with a concentration in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin as seen through film and the media, particularly during the Soviet/post-Soviet periods. Outside of school, Caroline enjoys watching TV, traveling, and listening to music, particularly the Beatles.
About the piece: This paper, discussing the role of the "uncanny" in Central/Eastern Europe, is meant to force Western thinkers into investigating their perspective on the region and to think about how Central/Eastern Europe serves as an "Other" for those in the West. In particular, the paper shows this through Russian Orthodox Christianity, a religion familiar to those in the West but different enough that it feels somewhat uncomfortable.