P20
Fluidity, mobility and versatility of the sacred

Convenors:
Peter Jan Margry (University of Amsterdam/Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Clara Saraiva (FLUL, University of Lisbon)
Anna Niedźwiedź (Jagiellonian University)
Location:
Ülikooli 18, 139
Start time:
3 July, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel addresses the questions of why and in which ways through time and space the many ideas and perceptions of the sacred (and a fortiori of religion and spirituality) have been increasingly changing and moving all over the world.

Long abstract:

This panel addresses the questions of why and in which ways through time and space - via trade, travel, migration, tourism, globalization, mediatization, internet and social networks - the many ideas and perceptions of the sacred (and a fortiori of religion and spirituality) have been increasingly changing and moving all over the world. The once seemingly stable geography and classification of the sacred have been inverted over the last decades into a worldwide eclectic religious and spiritual marketplace from which the individual chooses what suits best. This does not only apply to esoteric, neopagan, eastern and 'new age' religions and spiritualities, but also to the traditional religions of the west that have seen all kind of charismatic and pentecostal movements and other agents of change. We welcome paper proposals which, from a theoretical perspective, present case studies drawing on ethnography to show how in contemporary society (as well as in the past) the cultural transmission and transformation of ideas of the sacred (in its broad sense) occur in practice and how these appropriated and adapted ideas and practices are created and expressed. This panel is organized by the SIEF Working Group Ethnology of Religion.