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Religiosities as critical moment of alpine "borderscapes" 
Tobias Boos (Free University Bolzano-Bozen)
Jan-Peter Hartung (University of Goettingen)
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Monday 21 June, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

We invite transdisciplinary reflections on role and scope of religiosities in the cohabitation of borderland communities especially of the Alps, Pyrenees, Hindu Kush and East-Anatolian/West-Iranian Highlands and on issues relating to domination. Conceptual pivot will be "borderscape".

Long Abstract

Territories between larger political entities (empires, states, ...) are prominent stages where forms of conflict between global and local normativities play out, often in a violent fashion. Demarcation of spaces of imperial governance, usually cutting through territories claimed by local communities, come alongside asymmetrical claims of political and cultural representation, in the modern era represented in increasingly strict administrative control mechanisms. High altitude mountains, having often served as natural frontiers, constitute liminal spaces in which these mechanisms are not easily applied, leading to imperial stereotypes of resilient mountain peoples. On a lower order, similar conflict lines run between socio-economic and political elites and subalterns within and between borderland communities, creating thus a thicket of conflictual constellation that is captured in the "borderscape" concept.

We invite papers that focus on the role and scope of religiosities especially in the Tyrolese Alps, the Basque Pyrenees, the Pashtun Hindu Kush and the Kurdish East-Anatolian/West-Iranian Highlands in negotiating conflicting normative claims both inside the communities as well as with the imperial other. We content that religiosities can take the form of distinct, yet contested, cultural heritages and provide thus narratological tools to justify resistance and domination. Hermeneutical core shall thereby be local epistemic forms (as expressed in stories, poetry, ...), against privileging interpretative models of the academia of the "Global North". Moreover, as such investigation necessitates a historical perspective, we call emphatically on historians and literary scholars, to complement Social Science perspectives on the contemporary.

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