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Spatial Methodology

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Session Chair: Anna-Katharina Rieger | Tuesday, August 25, 9-11 a.m. | Venue

Anna-Konstanze Schröder

Religion at Sea – Mapping the Maritime Field of Research

History of Religion is a history of religions on terra firma. There can hardly be found any systematic theorizing or empirical research of maritime cultures by scholars of religion. In the fields of anthropology and maritime history, there are some case studies about sea-related cultures and their religion, especially for the Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions, about some aspects like Gods (e.g. Matsu or Poseidon) and also about the material culture like seafarer churches in Europe. These data are lacking research questions from Study of Religion like: How did the maritime trade interact with the expansion of Muslim, Buddhist or Christian religions? Which interreligious dynamics can be described for the international sailing crews? Which religion\s were created among the seafarers at their vessels at different times and spaces? This presentation will give a raw structure to start a systematic research of religion at sea.

Amidu Elabo

From Living Together To Living Apart: Decades of Ethno-Religious Conflicts and Spatial (Re)configuration of Jos and Kaduna Urban Centres (1980-2013)

This study examines the shift in spatial interactions of religious adherents in the urban centres of Jos and Kaduna. Specifically, it focus on how this change is not only (re)defining the physical landscapes of these cities, but also how it is re-shaping the religious and social lives of their inhabitants. To achieve this, primary data collected from the case studies of these cities are grounded in the theories of space and geography of encounters espouse by scholars of religious studies and human geography. I argued that inter-religious contacts and dialogue in these cities rather than lead to religious change has triggered the spatial reconfiguration of urban centres and the bounding of religious identities and communities.

Ganna Tregub

Religion on the Streets and Squares: From Polish “Solidarnost” movement through Arab Spring to Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity

Streets and squares of the each city or even the smallest settlement through the whole history of human civilization are places for communication, mass spreading of different ideas and protest demonstration. As well they are places for proselytism and different messianic actions. Religion on the streets and squares is closest to people, it might stop them from active action, or vice versa – inspire them to active socio-political changes. Last quarter of century for Eastern Europe as well as for Arab world was time of different socio-political perturbations and changes. I’m looking to dedicate my paper to possible comparison of three situations happened in 1989 in Poland during obtaining of independence from communism regime, Arab Spring protests in North Africa countries and Middle East in 2011, and case of Ukrainian revolution of Dignity 2013-2014, and positive or negative role which religion played in all cases mentioned above.

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