Focusing on the interaction between denominational religion and new forms of spirituality, this panel calls for papers that examine the ambivalent space between religious heritages and spiritual utopias in contemporary religiosity, and how this space is constructed at the level of everyday practice.
Religiosity, especially in the European context, has long been connected with the heritage of Christianity. However, in recent decades denominational religion appears to be losing its dominance, while new forms of spirituality make an appearance in the global religioscape. Davie's (1994) 'believing without belonging', Heelas and Woodhead's (2005) 'spiritual revolution' and Berger's (2007) 'new religious pluralism' are just a few well-known social scientific paradigms that describe the new reality of religiosity in the twenty-first century. Placing particular emphasis on the challenging interaction between denominational religion and 'new spirituality' (Shimazono 1999), this panel calls for contributions that focus on this interrelation from the scope of denominational religion, contemporary spirituality, or both. Through ethnographic cases that pay close attention to the diverse ways in which religiosity is practised during everyday life, the aim is to attempt to answer the below-mentioned questions: have religious heritages, especially those that belong to the Christian tradition, still play an important role in the global religioscape? Are new forms of spirituality considered to be spiritual utopias or actual religions? What does the space between religious heritages and spiritual utopias consist of, and how is it constructed, challenged, negotiated, lived, practised, especially in current times of socio-economic and political crisis in Europe?