P228
Religion: dynamics on the move

Convenors:
Clara Saraiva (FLUL, University of Lisbon)
Ramon Sarró (University of Oxford)
Susana Viegas (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)
Location:
Tower B, Piso 5, Aud. 3
Start time:
19 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel will analyse the expansion of religions developed in different areas of the world, and the way in which they follow the various diasporas, relating this to the analysis of religious transnationalism and questions of multi-sited ethnography, to see how people and religion 'make places'.

Long abstract:

Religions have accompanied immigrants in their movements South-North, (but not only) as they make and re-make their places in the diaspora. In the Americas, religions of African origin have engendered complex intercontinental and transatlantic dialogues—such as the case of religions of African origin that developed in the Americas (Umbanda and Candomblé in Brazil, Santeria Cubana, Vodu in Haiti, etc). Coming also from the Americas (Brazil, USA), Evangelical, Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal churches have spread across the Atlantic and have acquired their place within the religious field. Other religions have come from Africa as prophetic movements (such is the case of kimbanguism and takoism from Congo). These 'religious movements' often have implications at the civil and political level. In this panel we will discuss and analyse the case of the expansion of religions formed and developed in different areas of the world, and the way in which they follow the various diasporas, relating this expansion to the analysis of religious transnationalism and questions of multi-sited ethnography. We will accept papers that expand on such themes, based on ethnography, or papers directed at a more theoretical reflection on the phenomena of migration and religion, in an attempt to look at how 'people make places' in a religious way.