Dwelling and creating within and across religious traditions (SIEF Ethnology of Religion Working Group Panel) 
Anna Niedźwiedź (Jagiellonian University)
Clara Saraiva (FLUL, University of Lisbon)
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KWZ 1.601
Start time:
29 March, 2017 at 8:30 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

Religion might be anthropologically interpreted as a form of dwelling. Making religion a 'home' is a creative, manifold and complex process. Changing, mixing, challenging, including and excluding, adopting and abandoning are related to various ways of dwelling within and across religious traditions.

Long Abstract

In many critical circumstances of personal and communal lives, in moments of instabilities, crisis and changes, in foreign and unfamiliar spaces experienced by migrants, refugees and other itinerants, numerous people find safe heaven and home in what they call 'their religion.' Being 'at home' brings a feeling of familiarity, identity and community which religion can provide. 'Home' relates to the known narratives, symbols and obviousness of some bodily practices, presence of certain material objects. It also relates to shared worldviews.

This panel aims to scrutinize complexity hidden behind contemporary processes of dwelling within and across religious traditions. Not only people but also religions travel and change along their routes. Some religious traditions (or some aspects of them) can disappear along these routes while others emerge. Thus 'finding home in religion' is always a creative, manifold and interrelated process that involves various actors and instigates various agencies.

Possible topics include: complexity of dwelling in various religious and ethnic diaspora communities all over the globe; how 'world religions' are being creatively transformed and dwelt by people in different continents; what happens when these 'world religions' are lived by different groups of migrants in huge cultural hubs e.g. in 'global cities'; how some people 'find home' through abandoning their religious tradition and joining the other one (and how problematic it might be in terms of inclusion and exclusion); what about those who dwell in two different religious traditions as well as those who feel in-between their inherited religion and other latterly embraced worldviews?

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