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Negotiating Religion 3

Publication date: Oct 10, 2011 10:16:31 AM

Start: Mar 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM
End: Mar 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space
7 March 2012

Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space

7 March 2012
11am-6pm

Chadwick G08
UCL Main Campus
WC1E 6BT

Image: 'Backyard' by Liz Hingley

Religion 3

Introduction: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation

In 2011-12, a series of four workshops will discuss the complex processes through which religious communities create or defend their place in a given commonwealth, both in history and in our world today.

The focus is on communities' ability to formulate and present their claims, to identify potential spokespeople and their addressees, to secure their institutions and assert their physical and political presence, as well as on the epistemological, political and social conditions facilitating or complicating processes of negotiation. The workshops thus intend to focus on the agency of both sides in processes of negotiation, broadly understood as all societal and political interactions that not only concern a religious community but directly involve it.

The main objective is to stimulate a debate about the complex relationship between religion and society. Throughout their history, European commonwealths have been shaped by religious identity, community, and conflict. Constitutions and legal systems to this very day are deeply affected by religious traditions. Secularization has reduced religious tension within Western societies. However, these find their spiritual and cultural identity challenged by communities marked by stronger religious commitment, notably communities belonging to the world of Islam. Instead of reducing present day conflicts to essentialised notions of religious community, the workshops aim to explore the impact of religious legacies in European history and to contribute to a more precise understanding of the role of the multilayered processes of moderation and negotiation in the shaping of contemporary societies.


Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space

This workshop investigates the spatial incorporation of religious communities in the city both in the form of the material urban environment, for example in the presence of religious buildings and other faith spaces, and in  everyday urban cultures, practices and politics.

Questions which were explored in this workshop included: How are new religious buildings incorporated into contemporary urban spaces? What continuities are there with the emergence of religious architecture in earlier times? What significance do religious buildings and other markers in the urban landscape have for different religious communities? How are existing and new forms of religious spatial practice (processions, festivals, pilgrimage) incorporated into the urban environment? What kinds of transformations of urban space are produced by religious spatial practices? What role do faith groups play in the making and remaking of urban spaces?

PROGRAMME:

11am-1pm: Session 1: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space: New Faith Spaces
Speakers Professor John Eade (Roehampton University/Migration Research Unit, UCL)
Religious Place-Making and Migration across a Globalising City: Responding to Mobility in London
  Ali Mangera (Mangera Yvars Architectural Practice)
Designing faith spaces in the city: The Salaam Centre, North Harrow
  Dr Richard Gale (School of City and Regional Planning, Department of Cardiff)
‘...make your dwellings into places of worship': mosque development and the politics of place and residence in the UK'
  Dr Andrew Crompton (School of Architecture, University of Liverpool)
Multi-faith spaces: a universal interface to God
Chair Dr Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography and Migration Research Unit)
1-2pm
Lunch
2-3.45pm Session 2: Negotiating Faith in Urban Space: Continuity and Practice
Speakers Dr Nazneen Ahmed (Compass, University of Oxford)
Making Muslim Space on the London Docks: Lascar Seafarers' Faith Practices, 1880-1945
  Liz Hingley  (Leverhulme Artist in Residence, Migration Research Unit, UCL)
Under gods: stories from Soho Road, Birmingham
  Dr Claire Dwyer (Department of Geography and Migration Research Unit, UCL)
Faith and Suburbia: secularisation, modernity and the changing geographies of religion in London’s suburbs
  Dr David Garbin (CRONEM, University of Surrey)
Diaspora, suburban Christianity and the American ‘New South’: African migrant churches in Atlanta
Chair Professor John Eade (Roehampton/UCL)
3.45-4pm Break
4-6pm Panel: Negotiating Faith in Urban Space: Politics and Praxis
Panelists Dr John Zavos, (South Asian Studies, University of Manchester)
Small Acts, Big Society: Sewa and Hindu (nationalist) identity in the UK
  Dr Luke Bretherton (Faith and Public Policy Forum, Kings College London)
Community Organising, Religious Pluralism and Democratic Citizenship
  David Garbin (CRONEM, University of Surrey) and Enrico Masi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Soldiers of God in the Global City (Video Documentary)

Convener:
Dr Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography)

For further information on the individual sessions or the series as a whole, please contact: Dr François Guesnet or Dr Uta Staiger.


Previous workshops

23 November 2011
Workshop 1: European Legacies, European Challenges This first workshop addressed the history of religious conflict and accommodation, and gauged the impact of religious skepticism and secularization in Europe.
More detail and programme HERE.

10 February 2012
Workshop 2: Accommodating Religious Communities in Contemporary Europe - Constitutional and Philosophical Dimensions

This workshop examined the character of the contemporary European state in its relation with religions and religious pluralism, and the general policies developed by states to address religious affairs.
Details and programme HERE.


The series is coordinated by the European Institute and UCL's Research Initiative Religion and Society (supported by the Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction).

Throughout, the organisers hope to engage UCL's community in a discussion about what London's global university could or should contribute to a reflection of these issues as a leading institution in research and in higher education, and as an academic community.

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