Geography of Religions and Belief Systems Ruby (40th) Anniversary Lecture Series: I

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geography of Religions and Belief Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Astor Ballroom II, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: David Butler
Chairs: David Butler


In marking the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of our Specialty Group Foundation, the board of the Geography of Religions and Belief Systems (GORABS) have much pleasure in presenting this series of two panels, the first one of which addresses issues related to postsecularity.

Dr Avril Maddrell will present, ‘Until death do us part’. Negotiating diversity in a post-secular deathscapes - a feminist perspective'.

This paper begins by reflecting on the relationship between feminist geography and geographies of religion. It then explores the significance of diverse beliefs and worldviews and changing spaces and practices associated with death and remembrance, in Western societies which might be described as post-secular. Evolving deathscapes and associated practices are creating shifting and sometimes conflicting maps of ‘sacred’ places within the context of simultaneously increasing religious diversity and secularised societies. What does this mean for socially and culturally inclusive societies?

This theme will be continued by our second speaker, Professor Paul Cloke, will speak on 'The hopefulness of postsecularity in the meantime(s)'.

This paper traces the growing significance of postsecular partnerships between faith-motivated and secular groups and individuals in the provision of social care, welfare and justice. Drawing on our UK research into both service provision for homeless people and food banking, the paper questions orthodox critiques which position charitable agencies practising postsecularity as the little platoons of neoliberalism, implicated in governmental subjectification of the poor, and indulging in self-serving moral landscaping with marginalised and excluded people. Instead, it is argued that these spaces of care represent a potential articulation of particular ethical and political responses to welfare and social justice “in the meantime”. They promote spaces of in-common encounter and conscientisation, and open out liminal spaces of political and ethical contestation that can build vital bridges between care and justice in the wider welfare arena.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction David Butler Department of Geography, University College Cork (UCC) 10
Panelist Avril Maddrell 45
Panelist Paul Cloke University of Exeter 45

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