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Kick-Off Conference Iconic Religion

The international HERA-Project Iconic Religion: How Imaginaries of Religious Encounter Structure Urban Space made its debut with an inaugural conference from 17 February to 19 February 2014. As part of the Plureligion Network, international researchers were invited to shed light on the multiple forms of religious plurality can become iconic in urban life. While CERES projects have often focussed the quantiative aspects of religious diversity, this joint project analyses the visual and yet material manifestations of religious plurality in the three European capitals Amsterdam, Berlin, and London. The kick-off conference at Ruhr-University Bochum started the project's work and gathered researchers from across Europe to present their qualitative research on the topic.

The papers and topics at the conference were as follows:

  • Prof. Dr. Hans Belting (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe) "Iconic Presence: Anthropology and/as Iconology"
  • Dr. Anne Huffschmid (Freie Universität Berlin) "Other Ways of Knowing: About Research on Urban Ghosts and Spirits"
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Meyer (Universiteit Utrecht) "Urban Imaginaries and Religious Icons: How Religion Takes Place in the City"
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Uehlinger (Universität Zürich) "Visible Religion: Developments in Visual/Material Culture Studies and Aesthetics of Religion"
  • Dr. Claire Dwyer (University College London) "Faith in Suburbia: A Shared Photographic Journey"
  • Prof. Dr. Kim Knott (Lancaster University) "Iconic Religion: Spatial Issues and Methods"
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) "Deceptive Silence: Religious Encounter in Multifaith Rooms of Quiet"
  • Nika Spalinger (Hochschule Luzern) "Exploring Religion through Contemporary Art"
  • Susanne Lanwerd (Ruhr-Universität Bochum/ Freie Universität Berlin) "How to Exhibit Religion? Inspirations from Three Contemporary Approaches"