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Disability and the City. Deep Hope and Creativity in a Sacred Site in Amritsar

— Raminder Kaur Sacred sites have a special propensity to attract not just people of faith but also those with ailment and disabilities seeking a cure and/or better life. They draw those with deep hope, especially when recourse to other avenues of healing come with less conviction or even fail…

Disability and the City. Deep Hope and Creativity in a Sacred Site in Amritsar

— Raminder Kaur Sacred sites have a special propensity to attract not just people of faith but also those with ailments and disabilities seeking a cure and/or better life. They draw those with deep hope, especially when recourse to other avenues of healing come with less conviction or even fail…

Finally, a Long-Awaited Research Trip to France!

— Austin Collins Throughout most of my time as a doctoral student, I have been living and studying in the United Kingdom, where I am in a co-tutelle arrangement with Durham University. Most of this time has also unfortunately been spent under travel restrictions, which made it difficult to travel…

Citification and Its Contents – What I owe to Robert A. Orsi

Emiliano Rubens Urciuoli The content of this blog post corresponds to the first part of lecture I gave on February 10 2022 during an online seminar series on “Re-thinking Roman Religions” organized by the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of London. I am grateful to Kate Cooper and…

Urban and Religious Fabrics of Public Ludic Games: Late Antiquity and the Late Middle Age in Conversation

–Vanina Kopp & Richard Lim Vanina Kopp (University of Passau, Germany) Vanina Kopp is an historian and a medievalist specialising on the cultural history of the late medieval France. For the past few years, she has been working on literary games and poetic competitions at the French court through the…

Closing Comments of the Conference “Blurring Boundaries: Diffusing and Creating Urban Religion beyond Urban Space”

— Susanne Rau & Martin Fuchs From the 23rd to the 26th of November 2021 the research group Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations, welcomed international researchers at Ettersburg castle for the conference “Blurring Boundaries”. Organised by Jörg Rüpke and Emiliano R. Urciuoli, the conference aimed to investigate the diffusion of…

Closing Comments of the Conference “Blurring Boundaries: Diffusing and Creating Urban Religion beyond Urban Space”

— Susanne Rau & Martin Fuchs From the 23rd to the 26th of November 2021 the research group Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations, welcomed international researchers at Ettersburg castle for the conference “Blurring Boundaries”. Organised by Jörg Rüpke and Emiliano R. Urciuoli, the conference aimed to investigate the diffusion of…

Urban Exclusions (City Walk 6)

— Sara Keller Diversity is one of the distinctive features of urbanity as we define it in our research group (Rau and Rüpke 2020). The plural character of urban life acts as a stimulating force enabling large-scale endeavours and remarkable achievements. Prehistoric monumental architectural projects such as Göbekli Tepe and…

Urban and Rural Plague Prevention: Johann Georg Schiebel’s “Plague Pharmacy” (1680)

— Martin Christ It is not always easy to find “urbanity” in early modern sources. Many times, historians have to reconstruct what an author considered to be features of urbanity, by reading carefully and between the lines. This is especially the case because words, such as “urbanity” or “rurality” do…

Fuzziness and Religious Syncretism in Upper Lusatia’s Reformation

In this guest post, Jaap Geraerts, post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for European History, Mainz, reviews Biographies of a Reformation. Religious Change and Confessional Coexistence in Upper Lusatia, 1520-1635 (OUP, 2021) by Martin Christ. The book was finished in the framework of the KFG “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations”. In…

Yatrā and Darśan: Pilgrimage to see in Hindu Religion

— Meera Ishwar Dass Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, was documented for a project that was funded by the Government of India under their Urban Renewal Mission scheme. The project was done by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Regional Chapter Bhopal of which…

Urban Religion in the Metropolis Tokyo and in Kyoto

— Jörg Rüpke Religious practices, religious spaces, and religious times are part of urban diversity in today’s towns and cities. A 40-page picture book, grown out of a cooperation with Japanese universities in the framework of research on “Religion and Urbanity”, documents some impressions of that from visits to Tokyo…

Religion and Urbanity in Hell? A Satirical Description of London from 1729

— Martin Christ When we think of London today, we might think of the many opportunities this provides. A global and cosmopolitan metropolis, that has much to offer to people from all walks of life: tourists come to marvel at Big Ben or Buckingham Palace, people looking for work relocate…

Jerusalem Or: When Religion Shakes Urbanity

An(other) Interview with Nimrod Luz When I contacted Nimrod Luz for this interview the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel had come into force since two days. I thought time was ripe for profiting from his presence as a fellow at the Max Weber Centre in Erfurt and asking for his…

Pilgrimage as Landscapes of Death: Infrastructures, Stampede and Ethnocracy. Ruminations in the aftermath of the Meron catastrophe in Israel

On April 30, 2021 the annual festival (Hebrew: Hillula) for the Qabbala sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai (acronym: Rashbi) took place in its traditional location on top of Mt. Meron. Over 100,000 people, most of them male Orthodox Jews, gathered around the traditional location of the sage’s burial plot to…

The Corona Goddess

— Sara Keller Fig. 1. Corona Mātā, depiction circulating on Indian social medias since 2020 (‘Maa Bharati On Coronavirus’ Sandhya Kumari/Gallerist.in, CC BY-SA). In pandemic times, some people call on pharmaceutical labs to rapidly defeat the virus, others directly address the disease. In India, informal devotional practices for a female…
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