23.02.2012 - 26.02.2012all events
New religious movements are emerging in the world’s metropolises. Novel religious communities are embodied by political, economic and social players who promise redemption or liberation and success or collective healing. This development is changing the world map of denominations along with the architectural appearance of urban spaces and the public domain.
Evangelical communities work in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to prevent drug abuse. In war-torn Beirut, Islamic movements are organizing the reconstruction of the devastated city. Christian Nollywood movies are being made in the f lm studios of Lagos. Islamic gated communities are sprouting up on the outskirts of Istanbul. In Mumbai, Hindu nationalists are officially part of the municipal government. In Berlin, Christian communities gather in cinemas, cafés and other secular institutions. Very little serious research has been done on these new movements. Instead, they are often ignored or scandalized. During the Global Prayers Theme Days, international academics and artists highlight religious phenomena and urban settings, strategies, and productions of meaning of religious players from metropolises around the world. In a series of discussions, lectures, sounds, f ilms and photographic works, they explore the links between urban development and religious practices, between promises of spiritual redemption and social liberation.
Updates on the project’s research can be found at www.globalprayers.info.
|A compilation volume, Urban Prayers – Neue religiöse Bewegungen in der globalen Stadt, has already been published (metroZones, ed., Verlag Assoziation A); a further publication, Urban Cultures of Global Prayers, is in preparation (metroZones, ed.). A comprehensive publication covering the entire project will appear at the end of 2012.
Initiated in 2009 by academics, curators and artists affiliated with the project agency metroZones e.V., global prayers is a joint endeavor of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Europa-Universität Viadrina. As a research project at the Forum Transregionale Studien „global prayers • redemption and liberation in the city“ is widely funded by the Land Berlin. Further project partners are the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut, the NGBK Berlin and the Camera Austria Graz. The Theme Days are realised with the support of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.