Interreligious Encounters in Europe
Sites, Materialities and Practices
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This book examines interfaith dialogue in Europe and how interreligious encounters are framed, expressed and practiced. Throughout Europe religious identities have increasingly become significant categories within debates on migration, cohesion, diversity and belonging. By focusing on the spatialities, materialities and practices of interfaith dialogues and encounters, the volume sheds light on the heterogeneous domains where the visibility and inclusion of religious and cultural differences are currently negotiated and contested. The chapters draw on social science perspectives and include a range of empirical case studies from a variety of European settings. The contributions a) shed light on the subjectivities, relations and modes of behaviour produced, negotiated and contested in and through locally embedded interfaith encounters and dialogue-oriented practices, b) observe the power dynamics that shape those practices and encounters and c) discuss their implications for the place(s) of religion in the public sphere. Overall the book contributes to a better understanding of how cultural, religious and political identities are reconfigured across Europe.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Sites, Materialities and Practices of Interreligious Encounters in Europe
Julia Martínez-Ariño, Laura Haddad, Jan Winkler and Giulia Mezzetti
Part 1 The Sites of Interreligious Encounters
1 Spatialising Interreligious Practice: Interreligious Place Making in a German Metropolitan Area
2 Community and Interfaith Dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Creating ‘mjesto susreta’
3 Provincializing Dialogue: Post-secular Governance Networks and the Brokerage of Religious Diversity in a North German Town
Part 2 The Materialities of Interreligious Encounters
4 Architectures of Tolerance: Muslims, Alevis and the Impossible Promise of Berlin’s House of One
Marian Burchardt and Johanna Haering
5 The Materiality and Aesthetics of the City in Dialogue: The Case of the Day of Islam in the Catholic Church in Poland
Dominika Motak and Joanna Krotofil
6 The Affective Machines of Dialogue: Materialisations of Identities/Differences in The Assemblages of an Exhibition About Everyday Muslim Life
Part 3 The Practices of Interreligious Encounters
7 Dialogic Art: The Photographer Peter Sanders on Promoting Understanding
8 Local Connections in an Increasingly Polarised Nation? Examining the British Context for Multifaith Social Action and Interfaith Dialogue from 1997 to the Present
Melanie Prideaux and Tim Mortimer
9 Atmospheric Encounters: Interfaith Dialogue in a Multifaith Neighbourhood of Copenhagen
Lise Paulsen Galal and Kirsten Hvenegård-Lassen
Laura Haddad, Jan Winkler, Julia Martínez-Ariño and Giulia Mezzetti
Jan Winkler is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Geography at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
Laura Haddad is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at Osnabrück University, Germany.
Giulia Mezzetti is a postdoctoral researcher at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.
Julia Martínez-Ariño is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.