Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Convenors: Alberta Giorgi (Universidade de Coimbra), Stafania Palmisano (University of Torino) & Giovanna Rech (University of Trento)

Religion today lies at the heart of a cultural and political debate, related to immigration, human rights, the role of women and democracy in general. Various questions are asked about what criteria define a lay, pluralistic space and its physical and symbolical boundaries. From this point of view examination of multiple expressions of religiosity in the human body, in physical and symbolic spaces and in the relationship among individuals, and between individuals and space, assumes critical importance.

For over a century, social sciences have been highlighting that “religion” is a plural category, a composite set of organizations, actors, practices, beliefs, meanings, relations, values and traditions. Since the 1980s, the concept of “lived religion” has expressed a living, fluid, pluralistic and everyday dimension of religions: religion is part of daily life; religiosity is expressed through a variable set of collective and individual, institutionalised and informal, hybrid and codified practices.

We believe that an ethnographical prospective allows us productively to examine such religious ecology and with this end in view we invite contributions dealing with the theme of religion in daily life – lived religion – based on solid empirical analysis.

The areas in which the theme may be declined include:

  • native religions in today’s world
  • religious tradition and innovation
  • female religious experience, for example in churches, in alternative spirituality, in religious groups/movements and in politics
  • mobile religion including pilgrimages and religious tourism;
  • religion, economics and consumption
  • religion, the human body and mass media

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