The Politics of Religious Heritage, Memory, Identity, and Place. Part II

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 42 (Main Building)
RC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)

Language: English

Debates on religious heritage are gaining prominence in the contemporary world amid processes of secularization, diversification and religious revitalization. As dynamics of transnationalization and global migration unsettle inherited understandings of citizenship, nationhood and belonging more broadly, questions of how religions relate to imaginations of national communities are becoming more and more important. In this scenario, processes of negotiation, contestation and reinterpretation of religious pasts take on greater saliency in the public, cultural and political spheres.
The session suggests that these processes feed into new forms of politics of religious heritage redrawing symbolic boundaries around affectively charged cultural cores, and explores how these politics play out in different fields. We welcome contributions examining the framing of religion as heritage in pilgrimage, festivals and religious travels, as well as exploring the notion of religious heritage in the political, legal or cultural domains.
Session Organizers:
Marian BURCHARDT, Inst Study Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Germany, Mar GRIERA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and Avi ASTOR, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Julia MARTINEZ-ARINO, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
Buddhist Buildings in England: Conserving and Constructing Heritage(s)
Caroline STARKEY, University of Leeds, United Kingdom; Emma TOMALIN, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Invoking Heritage: The Catholic Church and the Politics of Religious Diversity in Spain
Marian BURCHARDT, Inst Study Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Germany; Mar GRIERA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; Avi ASTOR, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
The Contested Heritage of Mistr Jan Hus
Werner BINDER, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
The Politics of Heritage, Religion and Identity in Johannesburg, South Africa
Pragna RUGUNANAN, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Selective Representation of Religion in the City
Seddigheh MIRZAMOSTAFA, University of Mazandaran, Iran