Vicotira-Smolkin-A-Sacred-Space-Is-Never-EmptySmolkin’s book, A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism, from Princeton University Press, is the first history of Soviet atheism from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Selected Publications

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“The Confession of an Atheist Who Became a Scholar of Religion”: Nikolai Semenovich Gordienko’s Last Interview,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 15, no. 3 (Summer 2014): 596-620.

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“The Ticket to the Soviet Soul: Science, Religion and the Spiritual Crisis of Late Soviet Atheism,” Russian Review 73, no. 2 (April 2014): 171-197. *Received Honorable Mention for 2015. Distinguished Article Prize from the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture.

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“Cosmic Enlightenment: Scientific Atheism and the Soviet Conquest of Space,” in Into the Cosmos: Space Exploration and Soviet Culture in Post-Stalinist Russia, eds. James T. Andrews and Asif A. Siddiqi (Pittsburg, PA: University of Pittsburgh, 2011), 159-194.

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“The Contested Skies: The Battle of Science and Religion in the Soviet Planetarium,” in Cosmic Enthusiasm: The Cultural Impact of Space Exploration on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Since the 1950s (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), 57-78.

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“The Voices of Silence: The Death and Funeral of Alexander Blok,” in Petersburg/ Petersburg: Novel and City, ed. Olga Matich (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), 305-331. http://stpetersburg.berkeley.edu/index.html