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Talking and Walking; Exploring Intersections of Embodiment and Agency in Religious-secular Formations.

When:We 27-02-2019
Where:Courtroom, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

Noster/CRCG thematic seminar February 27th 2019, Groningen

What do embodied practices, such as particular forms of sitting, walking, praying, talking, or teaching, contribute to peoples’ experiences, identity, and understandings of religion and secularity? Why is it so important for many pilgrims to walk, for many Buddhists to sit, and for many sexual health professionals to talk? How do forms of embodiment in these formations perhaps alter across the globe? How do particular embodied configurations perhaps even attempt to produce specific sought expressions of religion or secularity, and on whose authority? When are forms of embodiment disapproved and by whom, and how do people negotiate with these condemnations (Amir-Moazami 2016)? How do religious and secular embodied practices become entangled in the production of difference, and processes of inclusion and exclusion along the axes of gender, class, race and ethnicity? What does embodiment mean in an age of digitalized religious and secular practices, and how does it affect practitioners’ agency? And, finally, as academics, how, if at all, does embarking in these practices of embodiments ourselves contribute to our understanding of religion or secularity?

On February 27th , 2019, a collaboration of scholars from the University of Groningen, University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, and Radboud university will organize a one-day seminar on religious and secular forms of embodiment. This free accessible seminar, held in Groningen, is funded by the Dutch Research school Noster, the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization, and the University of Groningen, faculty of Theology and Religious studies. The day will feature plenary lectures and responses by, among others, Schirin Amir-Moazami (University of Berlin), Anna Fedele (Center for Research in Anthropology at the university of Lisbon), Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University), and Kholoud Al-Ajarma (University of Groningen).


Registration: j.o.wiering (limit of 50 participants).

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