Faith, Place and Material Culture: geographies of material religion

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geography of Religions and Belief Systems Specialty Group
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Claire Dwyer
Chairs: Justin Tse


Recent work in religious studies has emphasised both as ‘spatial turn’ (Knott 2005, Tweed 2006) and greater attention on material religion and the vernacular and everyday expression of faith (Vásquez 2011, Ammerman 2007). Following the call from Dwyer (2016) to develop the links between cultural geographies of materiality (and immateriality) and work by geographers of religion this session brings together papers which ask how faith, place and material culture intersect in the expression of religious identities and what questions this raises for the study of the ‘religious’ and the ‘secular’ in geography.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Claire Dwyer*, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON, Nazneen Ahmed, University College London, David Gilbert, Royal Holloway, Ealing’s Via Dolorosa: performing religion in suburbia 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Emily Harris*, Queen Mary University of London, Hospitality, material culture and encounter: connections between Jewish, Christian and Muslim homes in London today 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Nazneen Ahmed*, University College London, Claire Dwyer, University College London, Laura Cuch, University College London, The West London Islamic Centre: tracing the making of everyday Muslim space 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Justin K.H. Tse*, Northwestern University, Claire Dwyer, University College London, The question of sewage on No. 5 Road: postsecular ontologies and interreligious collaboration on post-agricultural land in Richmond, British Columbia 20 6:20 PM
Discussant David Gilbert Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London 20 6:40 PM

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