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Nick Mayhew

nick mayhew

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Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

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Nick completed his PhD in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2018. He now works as a lecturer and research scholar at Stanford University. He is working on a monograph based on his doctoral research, entitled “Queer Traditions in the Russian Orthodox Church”. The book reassesses Russian Orthodox history from a queer perspective, offering a fresh look at church rites, saints’ lives and canon law. 

Selected Publications:

  • ‘Banning Spiritual Brotherhoods and Establishing Marital Chastity in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Muscovy and Ruthenia’, Palaeoslavica, Vol. 25, No. 2 (September 2017), 80-108.
  • ‘Eunuchs and Ascetic Masculinity in Kievan Rus’, The Medieval History Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1 (April 2018), 1-17.
  • ‘Queering Sodomy: A Challenge to Traditional Sexual Relations in Russia', Solidarity, Place and Power: Queer-Feminist Struggles and the East/West Divide (in press, forthcoming with Peter Lang in 2019).
  • ‘Reading the Body: Hesychasm in the Life of Saint Stephen, Bishop of Perm’, Rossica Antiqua, Vol. 14, No. 2 (March 2018), 63-78.