The objective of this panel is to address the relation between conviviality and religious coexistence in the contemporary moment.
As the global population grows there is greater movement of people across different continents and geographic landscapes. The resulting concentration of people from diverse religious backgrounds in contemporary world has constructed a supra-diverse environment where many religions cohabit, although one in which, especially in moments of crisis and uncertainty, religion gets easily identified and reified as the main problem maker. The most recent innovations within the anthropology of religion show a tendency to be too "monistic" (the anthropology of Islam, the anthropology of Christianity, the anthropology of Catholicism, etc.). The worrying outcome is that the practicalities of actual living in multi-religious ecologies have been neglected, if not obscured, by these theoretical divides. Instead of such monolithic views, and in order to offer more realistic ethnographic portrayals of how people live in the plural world of today, we propose to focus on encounters and interactions between religions and between these and the secular.
Following initial discussions between Lisbon and Oxford, the objective of this panel is to address the relation between conviviality and religious coexistence in the contemporary moment.