CFP: Under Construction: Religion as Practice and Process -- conference at University of Bayreuth, Sept 25-28 2023

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We invite you to consider topics and objects of research in the study of religion from a process-oriented perspective. We want to encourage you to examine the dynamics and practices in and through which religion is constantly constituted, created, shaped or rejected. The central focus is not on the constructs themselves, but rather on the (work) processes and actors involved; on the agencies, materialities and forces that continuously manufacture — or seek to manufacture — what is or should be considered religion in specific social contexts. It is an attempt to discover the dynamics in and through which new things emerge, as well as the constant change that constitutes our research "objects", even when considering matters of tradition, order, essence, certainty or continuity. If we direct our attention to processes and practices, then it becomes clear that stability is not a natural state but the result of constant work. At the same time, this perspective creates an opportunity to engage with effects, emergences and the unforeseen in relation to religious practice, as well as references and referents, preconditions and material affordances that guide or elicit these practices. Accordingly, understanding religion as "under construction" does not assume its meaningful givenness, essence and planned development, but rather its ongoing production and transformation. Furthermore, the image of religion as under construction or as a construction site refers to the materiality of what emerges as "religion" and to the physical embeddedness of its production.

We look forward to contributions with different spatial and temporal scopes, as well as those that explore different methodological approaches and positionings within the field of study of religion.

We invite proposals for papers, closed panels, panel discussions and roundtables
that incorporate the topic outlined in the Call for Papers until 15. March 2023.

You can find the list of open panels here.

Please register via Online-Registration in order to submit your proposals for
papers, closed panels and panel discussions.

Feel free to contact us: 
dvrw2023 [at]