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The Future of Religious Heritage
Entangled Temporalities of the Sacred and the Secular

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ISBN 9781032021942
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Future of Religious Heritage examines the resurgence of religious heritage in a secular age and frames such heritage as both legacy from the past and promise for the future.

Drawing on case studies from across Europe, the volume addresses the intersection of three well-defined areas of research: secularism, religious heritage, and the question of renewal. Considering the heritagisation of religion and the sacralisation of heritage, contributions to the book consider to what extent the idea of renewal, so pivotal to religious and secular ontologies, is present in heritage formations. Thinking about the temporalities of re-enactment and reconstruction, the volume examines whether heritage practices incorporate religious time into secular practice. Problematising such temporalities of the sacred in our post-secular age, the volume explores how these intersections of religious and secular time in heritage practices inform constructions of the future.

The Future of Religious Heritage addresses the paradox of the secularisation of religion and the sacralisation of heritage in a post-secular age. It will appeal to academics and students with an interest in critical heritage studies, religion, and (post)secularism, and will also be of interest to those studying re-enactment, regeneration and renewal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Temporalities of Renewal in Religious Heritage; Part I: Futures of Places of Worship; 1. A Museum Made Mosque: Postsecularism and the Case of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia; 2. Re-living Religion: Ritual and Heritage in English Cathedrals; 3. Drawing futures in Lisbon: Diversity, Heritage, and Religion; 4. Reconciliation and its (Mis)uses – Rebuilding the Garrison Church in Potsdam; 5. ‘A House of Power’: Producing Pentecostal Heritage in Southwest Nigeria; 6. Traces of the Sacred: Loss, Hope, and Potentiality in Religious Heritage in England; Part II: Choreographies of Futures; 7. In and Out of Sync: Temporality and Togetherness in the Church of England; 8. Religious Heritage Claims to Eternity: The Salesian Passion Play in Kraków; 9. Pre-enacting The Passion: Restaging Religious Heritage, Producing Unruly Audiences; 10. A Playful Frame for Remembrance and Renewal: Staging Hanukkah in Postwar Theatre Productions of The Diary of Anne Frank

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Ferdinand de Jong is an anthropologist at the University of East Anglia. He has worked on masquerading, museums, memorials, and cultural heritage.

José Mapril holds a PhD in Anthropology from ICS, University of Lisbon, with a thesis on transnationalism and religion among Bangladeshis in Portugal. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a senior researcher at CRIA NOVA. Between 2018 and 2021, José was the coordinator of the executive committee of CRIA.