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Religion and the economy: genealogies, borders and thresholds 
Bruno Reinhardt (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Réia Pereira (UVV)
Nicolas Viotti (CONICETUNSAM)
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Bruno Reinhardt (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Bruno Reinhardt (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Matan Shapiro (King's College London)
Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The panel examines comparatively the continuities and discontinuities between the religious and the economic in the contemporary. It invites ethnographic engagements with these domains of practices and value-formation as both genealogically bound and as sites of mutual ethical problematization.

Long Abstract:

Similarly to religion, the economy encompasses a multitude of means, ends and expectations, often overflowing the regimes of expertise responsible for its compartmentalization after the Great Transformation. Various classic and contemporary authors have demonstrated how these two domains of social reality are genealogically intertwined. This kinship appears explicitly in the theological residues of secular economics (e.g. the providential "invisible hand" of the market), the economic residues of religious grammar (e.g. the etymological links between "belief" and "credit" in neo-Latin languages or "guilt" and "debt" in Germanic languages) and the ambiguity of shared notions such as "value". Their affinities have become a more evident focus of managerial objectification and ethical problematization in a context characterized by the capillarization of the secular-economic (immaterial labor, digital capitalism) and the revival of public religions. Avoiding simplistic and causal engagements with abstract entities such as "Neoliberalism", this panel aims to comparatively examine the social production of continuities and discontinuities between the religious and the economic in the contemporary from an anthropological and ethnographic perspective. How do different religious traditions conceive of, intertwine with or isolate themselves from the capitalist market economy in terms of their own moral economies, sensibilities, agencies and temporalities? Related topics include ritual transactions; economic ethics; religious-economic work and labor; religous-economic temporalities; conflicts and reconciliations between economic-religious prescriptions - and other phenomena that reveal the economy as a field of ethical and ontological problematization in modernity.

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -