Arbeitsgruppe für Empirische Religionsforschung (AGER)

Valeriya Chernova

Valeriya ChernovaMy research interest lies in study of one of the least-studied confessional groups in Switzerland - Russian Orthodox Christian communities in Switzerland – their cultural and religious functions. The study of Russian Orthodox parishes and their functions will shed light on daily work of these religious institutions, their role in preserving of cultural identity of Russian-speaking immigrants in Switzerland, as well as will give understanding of worldview and religiosity of Russian Orthodox parish members.


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017 – till now doctoral student at UNIBE
  • 2016 – till Moscow Theological Academy (Sergiev Posad, Holy Trinity-St.Sergius Lavra), Higher Theological Courses, distance learning
  • 2012 Institute of Communication Management (National Research University The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia), conducted author’s course «Positioning of Russian top-businessmen» for MBA programme
  • 2008 - 2010 European humanities university (Vilnius, Lithuania), Visual and Cultural Studies programme, Master diploma in Sociology
  • 2002 - 2007 Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus), Philosophy and Social Sciences department, Bachelor and Specialist diplomas. Qualification: specialist in information and communication, teacher of social and political sciences
  • 2000 - 2005 Press Secretary, in 2004-2005 Chairman of the Republican social association "Youth of the 21 century" (Minsk, Belarus)
  • 1990 - 1996 Art School (Vitebsk, Belarus), ballet, folk and historical dances, diploma in Choreography

Research areas

- religious history and modern state of Eastern Orthodoxy in Switzerland and other countries
- sociology and history of religion
- theology and religious studies


Making a Dress Is Like Building a House': Dreams and Realities of Unusual Soviet Fashionistas / Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. #23, spring 2012, pp.301-322.

Reputation management of an executive: how to build an image of a businessman of industrial production company / Russian Industrialist. #6 (138)/2012, pp.82-90.

Reputation management of a front man of retail service company / Russian Industrialist. #7-8 (139)/2012, pp.118-124.

Reputation management of a leader of retail production company / Russian Industrialist. #9 (140)/2012, pp.118-124.

Reputation management of a leader of company of professional services / Russian Industrialist. #10 (141)/2012, pp.108-113.

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