Venue: Orient-Institut Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey (online via Zoom)
Organised by: Katja Rieck, Esther Voswinckel Filiz, Robert Langer
Although there is a strong tradition both in Turkey as well as in Iran to research material culture in folklore and heritage studies (stemming from the nation-building projects of the first half of the 20th century), very few publications have emerged from the respective academic fields that frame their work specifically in the context of ‘new materiality studies’. This points precisely to the emergence of alternative inflections of a material turn in the study of religions in the wider scholarly community outside of Europe and North America. However, within the global academic discussions about materialities of religion so far, scholarly voices from Turkey and Iran have been rarely heard. By bringing together scholars from Iran, Turkey, Germany and France, the workshop will highlight the current state of the empirical study of religions in the respective countries and research contexts, foster reflections as to how these contexts impact research perspectives and methodologies and bring these specific perspectives and methodologies into critical dialogue with the material religion approach.
To attend this online workshop, prior registration is necessary. Please send an email specifying your name and academic affiliation to Materialitiesofreligiosity@gmail.com by 14 June 2021 (Monday) at the latest. For technical reasons, the number of participants is limited. You will be informed about the organizational and technical procedure before the workshop starts.