The aim of this panel is to examine to what extent media and practices of mediation enable a long conversation with religious heritages. We focus on religious discourses on past, present and future, and how their material representations are authorised and authenticated in the present.
Cultural heritage is connecting past, present and future and is often invoked to overcome the disruptions caused by the upheavals of modernity, in Africa and elsewhere. But the connections that cultural heritage provides between past and present are hardly ever without disruptions, and require forms of mediation that conceal these very disruptions. In this panel, we focus on the mediation of religious heritage. Media are often used to represent religious heritage and to suggest a temporality of continuity, or, precisely, discontinuity. The mediation of religion has been subject to considerable research, especially in the context of Pentecostalism. In this panel, we would like to expand Birgit Meyer's theorisation of media and the aesthetic formations they enable by examining other religion heritages and the specificity of their mediations. The aim of this panel is to examine to what extent media and practices of mediation enable a long conversation with religious heritages and how media are authorised and authenticated. As the mediation of religion promotes both rupture and connection with past and future, it requires forms of authorisation and authentication that need to be negotiated. As these negotiations are often ambiguous, this panel examines how this ambiguity is represented in material mediations.