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Religion and the city: urban neighborhoods and the social life of religious practices 
Natalie Lang (University of Göttingen)
Ranjana Raghunathan (Vidyashilp University)
Debangana Baruah (University of Goettingen-Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)
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Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

In this panel, we interrogate the relation between religion and the city by examining the role of religious practices and place-making in the undoing and doing of neighborhoods, and what these (un-)doing practices imply for epistemological and methodological approaches in anthropological research.

Long Abstract:

Anthropologists of religion and cities have demonstrated that cities are vibrant centers of religious innovation and practice. Migration, displacement and conflicts continue to shape religious and urban changes. At the same time, religious practices and placemaking importantly contribute to the fabric and experiences of cities. This panel investigates the mutual impact of the religious and the urban by focusing on the neighborhood in diverse social, cultural and political contexts. The (sub)urban neighborhood can offer a conceptual in-between space that blurs perceived boundaries between the city and the village. We interrogate the neighborhood as a mediating factor between the home and the city, or between private and public spaces, but also as a unique location for subjective and community place-making practices, including religious adaptations and innovations. Religious practices and conceptualizations, in turn, create the neighborhood and shape how it is perceived and experienced. In this panel, we wish to think about:

● How do micro-histories and micro-ethnography of urban neighborhoods contribute to theorizing the relation between religion and the city?

● In what ways are neighborhoods made and unmade through affective economies, local stories, oral histories, and ethnographic perspectives?

● How do ‘local’ myths and religious stories of the neighborhood inflect processes of change at national and global scales?

● How do experiences of migration and displacement map onto urban neighborhoods through religious place-making efforts?

● How do the class, gender and embodied narratives of urban neighborhoods contribute to the city?

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -