Religious Pluralisation in Urban Environment, part I 
Ketevan Khutsishvili (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University)
Tomohiko Uyama (Hokkaido University)
Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS, Centre for East European and international Studies)
Medea Badashvili (Tbilisi State University)
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Friday 11 October, 9:00-10:45 (UTC+0)

Long Abstract

The high level of urbanization in Central Eurasia is followed by the rapid changes in all spheres of life. In this inconsistent process religious representations are appearing as an alternative system of values and politics playing an important role in formation of new identities and distinctions. The forms of religiosity practiced during the Soviet period became limited in the post-Soviet era and the processes of reshaping them were set off spontaneously. The two vectors of developments have been emerged: "from below" and "from above". The panel aims to discuss the forms of religiosity practiced in contemporary urban context to reveal the aspects impacting their changes; to display different aspects of religiosity within the frame of theories of individualization, secularization/desecularisation and modernization. The panel papers are discussing the different forms of the post-socialist developments, pluralization and fluidity of religiosity displayed in the urban areas. They are arguing the construction of sacred based on fresh ethnographies of particular places and qualitative data. The panel discusses how do societies within the certain traditions establish and maintain the religious meanings they generated and connected to places, or how they epitomized and made sacred the spaces by means of mythic-ritual system. We seek to define different patterns of religious pluralization in the modern Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, the conditions that generate the contestation and sociability of new places of worship in urban spaces, the impact of infrastructure and modern technologies on social relations, and the tactics used to appropriate secular urban spaces for new spiritualities in the post-socialist Eurasia.

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