SIEF 2017 congress – University of Copenhagen

27 January 2018

SIEF 2017 congress, March 2017

At the SIEF2017 13th Congress: Göttingen, Germany, 26-30 March 2017, the HERILIGION team convened two panels:

Dwelling and creating within and across religious traditions (WG Ethnology of Religion panel), convened by Dr. Anna Niedźwiedź (Jagiellonian University) and Prof. Clara Saraiva (CRIA Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia and CEC UL)

Short abstract:

Religion might be anthropologically interpreted as a form of dwelling. Making religion a ‘home’ is a creative, manifold and complex process. Changing, mixing, challenging, including and excluding, adopting and abandoning are related to various ways of dwelling within and across religious traditions.

Three HERILIGION researchers presented papers:

  • Anna Niedźwiedź (Jagiellonian University): "Global" Catholicism in "local" homes: World Youth Day 2016 in Poland
  • Kaja Kajder (Jagiellonian University): Abandoned spaces of non-existing synagogues: an anthropological approach to the uncertain role of sacred places
  • Clara Saraiva (CRIA and CEC UL): Making home in a foreign religion: Afro-Brazilian gods in Lisbon

Heritage & place-making: crossroads of secularization & sacralization, convened by Markus Balkenhol (Meertens Instituut), Ferdinand de Jong (University of East Anglia) and chaired by Irene Stengs (Meertens Institute)

Short Abstract:

Selecting cultural heritage is linked to belonging, place-making, and exclusion that seemingly matches secularist modernity. But heritagization also involves processes of sacralization. This panel looks at the intersections of de- and re-sacralization in the making of cultural heritage.

Three HERILIGION researchers presented papers:

  • Oscar Salemink (University of Copenhagen): Heritagization of spirit possession as secular sacralization of the nation in Vietnam
  • Ernst van den Hemel (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences): Secular passions for religious heritage: notes towards preparing ethnographic fieldwork on passion plays in postsecular Dutch society
  • Irene Stengs (Meertens Institute) Ritual matters material excess and processes of heritage formation