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Iconic Religion in Public Space (2)

Panel Chair: Kim Knott

Panel of the CERES research project Iconic Religion: How Imagineries of Religious Encounter Structure Urban Space

In the second of two sessions we will continue to consider to what extent such icons, in the form of sacred buildings and sites, clothing, public events etc, generate social imaginaries about different religions and their co-existence. The semiotic contribution of Peirce will be examined in relation to the attribution and generation of the ‘iconicity’ of religious objects. This will be followed by papers which investigate the geography, visibility and contestation of religious icons in diverse urban public spaces, and the discourses, representations and encounters they generate.


  • Volkhard Krech (CERES): Iconic religion: Reflections on a monistic approach to religious phenomena
  • Hew Wai Weng: Sights and sites of inclusive Islam: Chinese-style mosques in urban Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Christopher Cotter: Seeing a secular space? Photo elicitation and the discourse on religion in Edinburgh’s Southside
  • Irene Stengs: The falling of an icon: The afterlife of the Anne Frank Tree, Amsterdam

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