Calling for research cases that focus on the creativity of religious experience, this panel will explore the ethnographic and theoretical polyphony of creative transformations, novel challenges, and reflexive transitions that the anthropologists/anthropology of religion have to face at present.
Creativity has been defined as an 'activity that produces something new through the recombination and transformation of existing cultural practices or forms' (Liep 2001: 2). This panel proposes to explore the ethnographic and theoretical polyphony of creative transformations, novel challenges, and reflexive transitions that the anthropologists/ anthropology of religion have to face at present. Drawing on the idea that creativity and improvisation constitute an inherent part of social and cultural life (Hallam and Ingold 2007), we call for papers that focus ethnographically on the creativity of religious experience. Our aim is to bring together analyses that, with the concept of religious creativity and improvisation as a starting point, will cast a reflexive gaze at the contrapuntal relationship between anthropology as (ethnographic) practice and anthropology as (academic) discipline, in an attempt to provide an answer to the question whether the anthropology of religion is in counterpoint.