Upcoming Conference: Religion in Motion

Photo: (c) Roger Hagmann

We cordially invite all interested scholars and students to attend the international conference "Religion in Motion: Boundary Work in the Global Religious Field" (21-23 March).


The following scholars will give presentations:


Assembling case studies from all over Eurasia, this conference aims at testing the assumption that in the context of the massive expansion in the traffic of people, goods and information, which acquired a new spectacular dimension from the early modern period onwards, a global religious field started to emerge.
We propose to look especially at boundary work as it appears in the situations of exceptionally dynamic and transformative religious
constellations such as missions or migration. We are interested in the double process of convergence and differentiation: the way in which
boundaries, always porous and fluid, are being set up and re-negotiated between religious communities, as well as between religious and nonreligious forms of social communication. What are the patterns and mechanisms of dealing with religious diversity? How appropriate are the universality claims implied in the notion of a global religious field? In how far do unexpected outcomes of dynamic interactions in and beyond the religious field challenge the idea of religious convergence?