Heritage, Religion, Authenticity and Difference – University of Copenhagen

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Heritage, Religion, Authenticity and Difference

On November 29, 2017, the Dutch team (Ernst van den Hemel and Irene Stengs) participated in a one day workshop in Berlin on heritage, authenticity, religion and difference in Europe, Africa and beyond. The workshop was a collaboration between the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) at Humboldt University (Duane Jethro), the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient ZMO (Abdoulaye Sounaye ) and Utrecht University (Birgit Meyer). For the workshop organizers, the HERILIGION project had been an important source of inspiration.

The participants were asked to present ethnographic grounded research and to discuss questions as: where and under what conditions does heritage-making shade into the production of religious meaning? How is authenticity raised and framed as a stake in debates concerning religion, heritage and national values? What are the politics of authenticity in this context? How are heritage institutions implicated in adjudicating and mediating social difference today? What and how are the democratic values implicated in the framing of religion and religious difference in regard to heritage institutions and projects? How do we understand these developments? How do we analyse them?

Ernst van den Hemel and Irene Stengs gave a presentation based on their research on the annual Dutch national performance of The Passion, titled: The Workings of the Cross. Pre-enacting Post-secular Passion for The Passion in Dutch Society.

Read more about the workshop here.