Accepted Paper:

Imaginations and utopias of togetherness  

Authors:

Mar Griera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig)

Paper short abstract:

This paper investigates the histories, memories and projected futures of interreligious encounters attached to emblematic multireligious buildings and the subsequent framing processes of political representation, deliberation in civil society and tourist consumption.

Paper long abstract:

Based on an ongoing research project, this paper investigates the histories, memories and projected futures of interreligious encounters attached to emblematic multireligious buildings and the subsequent framing processes of political representation, deliberation in civil society and tourist consumption. More specifically, the paper examines how notions of religious diversity, interfaith and inter-religious dialogues are materially represented, shaped and contested concretely in the building of multi-faith buildings and multi-faith rooms. By analysing the process of configuration of "socially approved knowledge" (Schütz) on the interreligious realm we reflect on how representations of commonality across religious difference are expressed and how religious heritage is re-interpreted in the light of current religious pluralism and appropriated by the actors involved

Panel P130
Unity in diversity? Anthropological reflections on interreligious devotion and dialogue in Europe [Anthropology of Religion Network]