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Workshop Aesthetics and affects of power in the context of religion

May 11-13, 2022

University of Erfurt, Germany

To disable and enable in colonial and other contexts did and does not only mean “control of the economy, the political, and knowledge, but also control over the senses and perception”(Mignolo and Velazqez 2013). Religious practices and discourses took and take an especially important role in creating sensory mechanisms that structure power relations by shaping perception via aesthetics and affects. The sensory power mechanisms outlive religious practices and expand beyond the religious sphere; they become alive in the body of the aesthetically affected. This workshop aims to understand—by case studies and theoretical reflection—how these sensory mechanisms function in different (religious) contexts, such as (post)colonial contact zones and global religious and spiritual practices and movements; how they relate and intertwine with intersectional discourses and practices, such as racism, whiteness, (s)exoticization, secularization; and how they affect the scholarly practice of the study of religion.

Program Workshop Aesthetics and affects of power in the context of religion

SUMMER SCHOOL "RELIGIOUS CONVERSION IN PLURAL SOCIETIES PAST AND PRESENT"

Religious conversion is as elusive as it is topical in the contemporary world, where religious identifications and narratives have returned to the fore of political rhetoric and social scientific enquiry. Both the common-sense idea and the scientific notion of “conversion” start from the premise that “religion” and “religious identity” are stable entities.  But in contemporary societies, the idea of a stable religious identity is increasingly questioned through religious pluralism, bricolage mentality, and expressive social identities. This raises a number of questions as to what constitutes a religious conversion and to what extent contemporary religious conversions conform to those of the past.

These questions and others will be approached from a variety of angles at a summer school addressed to graduate students (from advanced MA level to PhD) from a variety of disciplines, including Religious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, and others.  It will take place in Erfurt, Germany from 11. to 15. July, 2022 at the Augustinian Monastery, where Martin Luther started his career as a recently converted Catholic monk. The summer school is organised by Dr. Sebastian Rimestad (Leipzig), Prof. Dr. Katharina Waldner (Erfurt), and Dr. Helena Kupari (Helsinki) and will include participant presentations, workshops, lectures, and an excursion. For confirmed participants, all expenses are covered, including travel (up to € 750), accommodation and food.

In order to participate, please send a motivation letter of 1-2 pages to summerschoolconversion(at)uni-leipzig.de by 31. January, 2022

The letter must include

  • your educational background
  • your current affiliation and place of residence (to calculate travel costs)
  • your current research field and how this relates to the topic of conversion
  • the title of your presentation for the summer school, including a short abstract

For further information, please visit https://www.gkr.uni-leipzig.de/religionswissenschaftliches-institut/summer-school/ or send an e-mail to summerschoolconversion(at)uni-leipzig.de

We look forward to the Summer School, which will hopefully be an opportunity to meet in person after a long period of uncertainty due to CoVid-19, opening up for a fruitful exchange of ideas and perspectives and bringing the study of religious conversion forward!

Sebastian Rimestad, Katharina Waldner, and Helena Kupari

Vortragsreihen

„Religion am Montag“| Erfurt Monday Lectures: New Topics in Religious Studies

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Monday Mai, 23 2022 17:00 Uhr/ 5pm

Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton (Virginia): "Urgency and Spiritual Power: an indigenous religion option and Islam in colonial Western Kenya"

This paper discusses a little-known Muslim movement that emerged near Mumias in Western Kenya in 1926.  Leaders of the so-called "Mohamedan Movement" proclaimed that the Last Days were at hand and that God's deliverer would soon appear to exterminate all infidels, especially the Europeans. Challenging standard models of Islamization that imply a progressive linear development toward a
posited orthodoxy, I argue that this movement should be seen as part of a diffuse, persistent undercurrent of indigenous prophetic discourse that transcended ethnic and creedal boundaries.  I make the case that there existed throughout parts of East Africa a longstanding religious "option" characterized by belief in mobile or migratory spiritual forces; the use of consecrated water for healing (_dawa_); and the "preaching safari," whereby adepts traveled the countryside disseminating their particular dispensation and/or medicine.  This flexible, multi-pronged indigenous option shaped the way missionary religions—Islam and Christianity alike—initially gained a foothold throughout the region.

 

Webex-Link

https://uni-erfurt.webex.com/meet/ katharina_waldner

Classics for Breakfast

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Ansgar Teichgräber (Erfurt): "Die Grenzen der Agora"

Die Grenzen, die innerhalb der griechischen Poleis verliefen, haben bisher kaum altertumswissenschaftliche Aufmerksamkeit erfahren, obwohl sie das Leben der Bewohner prägten. Eine dieser Grenzen trennte den Raum der Agora von den umliegenden Räumen in der Polis. Bei der Untersuchung dieser Grenze sollen die verschiedenen Dimensionen dieser Grenze berücksichtigt werden. Diese umfassen neben der erwähnten räumlichen Dimension auch soziale und rechtliche Dimensionen. So gab es für die Agora mit den Agoranomoi spezifische Magistrate und bestimmten Personengruppen konnte der Zutritt verwehrt werden. Die Verbindung zwischen den Dimensionen wird kann etwa anhand gemeinsamer Akteure deutlich werden. Die Zugangsbeschränkungen verweisen darauf, dass Grenzen in unterschiedlichem Maße durchlässig waren, abhängig z. B. vom rechtlichen oder gesellschaftlichen Status einer Person. Dabei ist zu berücksichtigen, dass diese Grenzen von den verschiedenen Akteuren ständig weiterentwickelt werden. Diese verschiedenen Aspekte der Interpretation von Grenzen lassen sich in vier Prämissen zusammenfassen: 1. Multidimensionalität, 2. Relationalität, 3. Durchlässigkeit, 4. Prozesshaftigkeit.

Auf der Basis dieser vier Prämissen soll untersucht werden, welche Rolle die Grenzen der Agora im gesellschaftlichen Leben der antiken Polis spielten. Dafür wird analysiert, wie Grenzen markiert wurden, wer die Grenzen festlegte, auf wen die Grenzen wirkten und was den Raum der Agora vom umgebenden Raum unterschied. Als Quellenbasis dienen Inschriften wie z. B. die Horoi der Agora von Athen (IG I³ 1087–1089), ein Demendekret aus Sounion über die Einrichtung einer neuen Agora (IG II² 1180) sowie ergänzend Erwähnungen der Grenzen in anderen Quellen (z. B. Aristoph. Ach. 719–728).

Ansgar Teichgräber studierte von 2013 bis 2018 Alte Geschichte, Mittelalterliche Geschichte und Klassische Archäologie in München und Pavia. 2018 schloss er in München seine Dissertation zum Thema „Die Finanzen der nordafrikanischen Kirchen in vorvandalischer Zeit“ ab. Von 1. März 2019 bis 31. März 2021 war er Elternzeitvertreter als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Professur für Antike Kultur an der Universität Erfurt.

Friday 9 - 10 am online

Link to the event (we start 9.00 s.t.!): https://uni-erfurt.webex.com/meet/katharina_waldner

Johanna Leithoff (Antike Kultur)

Katharina Waldner (Allgemeine Religionswissenschaft)

 

Veranstaltungsarchiv

IFR-Ringvorlesung im Wintersemester 2018/19 „Religion und Gender: Konstruktionen – Medien – Erfahrungen
„Asymptoten des Unaussprechlichen“ – Aisthetische Erfahrung in kollektiven religiösen Praktiken 8./9. Juni 2018