Event: Negotiating Religion Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space 7 March 2012

Part of the Negotiating Religion series, this workshop will investigate 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 will be explored in this workshop include: 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:

10.30
Registration
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)
6pm Reception. All welcome

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.


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