Online Workshop "Conceptualising Religious Infrastructures"

Online Workshop "Conceptualising Religious Infrastructure"

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Yanti Hölzchen, Frankfurt am Main; Benjamin Kirby, Leeds
PLZ
60323
Ort
Frankfurt am Main
Land
Deutschland
Vom - Bis
24.09.2020 -
Von
Yanti Hölzchen

Infrastructure is conventionally defined as the background “scaffolding” that makes social and economic activity—even life itself—possible. Recent anthropological studies foreground the social work of infrastructural networks by constituting and reconfiguring everyday forms of sociality and lived experience. This generates new opportunities to “think infrastructurally” (Chu 2014) about religion, central to this workshop's contributions.

Online Workshop "Conceptualising Religious Infrastructure"

Infrastructure is conventionally defined as the background “scaffolding” that makes social and economic activity—even life itself—possible. Recent anthropological studies have foregrounded the social work that infrastructural networks do by constituting and reconfiguring everyday forms of sociality and lived experience. These insights generate new opportunities to “think infrastructurally” (Chu 2014) about religion.

Bringing together international scholars with empirically-grounded contributions from sub-Saharan African, Russian and Central Asian settings, this workshop aims to consolidate a theoretical framework of “religious infrastructures” which extends the concept’s analytical potential. In thinking infrastructurally about religion, we explore how religiously-devised infrastructures intersect with broader infrastructural landscapes, and how—no less than mass transit systems and water supply networks—they sustain shared ecologies and enable socio-material conditions of life support and survival (e.g. Böhme 2017; Farías/Blok 2016; Larkin 2016). We focus on the agency of religious infrastructures themselves rather than their constituent parts, i.e. specific objects or technologies mediating (religious) experiences (cf. De Vries 2008; Meyer 2015). This multi-scalar and multi-sited notion of infrastructure presents new ways of thinking about the distribution and operations of religious agency, generating alternative units of analysis for the study of religion. It also contributes to wider efforts to dislodge received assumptions about “religions”, or indeed “religion” as a bounded domain which can be understood in isolation from “secular” dynamics (Larkin 2016; Spies 2019).

Programm

(all times UTC+2 Berlin/Amsterdam/Paris)

Session I
3.00 – 3.25 p.m.
Yanti Hoelzchen (Frankfurt), Benjamin Kirby (Leeds)
Welcome and introductory presentation
Discussant: Nelly Babere

3.25 – 3.50 p.m.
Matteo Benussi (Berkeley)
Ethical infrastructure in Muslim Russia: the spatiality of halal living
Discussant: Murtala Ibrahim
3.50 – 4.10 p.m.
Open discussion on session I
4.10 – 4.30 p.m. Break

Session II
4.30 – 4.55 p.m.
Murtala Ibrahim (Utrecht)
Islam in the digital third space: the rise of cyber Islamic practices in northern Nigeria
Discussant: Yanti Hoelzchen

4.55 – 5.20 p.m.
Nelly Babere (Dar es Salaam)
Religious infrastructure, public health, and the politics of urban development: the case of Sinza ward in Dar es Salaam city
Discussant: Peter Lambertz
5.20 – 5.40 p.m.
Open discussion on session II
5.40– 6.00 p.m. Break

Session III
6.00 – 6.25 p.m.
Peter Lambertz (Leuven)
Enchanted infrastructures: risks, belonging and salvation on
Congo’s inland waterways
Discussant: Benjamin Kirby
6.25 – 7.00 p.m.
Open discussion on session III
and concluding discussion

Kontakt

hoelzchen@em.uni-frankfurt.de

https://www.frobenius-institut.de/41-aktuelles/737-workshop-conceptualising-religious-infrastructures
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