Conference Report: Religious Guides to Urbanity

Austin Collins, PhD student at the University of Durham and currently entering into a cotutelle with the University of Erfurt, has written a report on our most recent workshop: “Religious Guides to Urbanity” (organizers: Martin Christ, Emiliano Rubens Urciuoli).

He writes:

In line with the goals of the research group “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations,” (DFG, FOR 2779) the focus of the workshop wrestled with ideas and the logic of how religion regulated and influenced urban life, and vice versa, across different time periods and different geographic locations. The way religious practices influenced urban life, and how urban spaces shaped the practicalities of religion, served as the basis of this conference. Within this framework, certain texts addressing or exposing religion, so-called guides, directed the basis of urban culture across time and space. Analysing these guides, and how they intended to create a “safe urban life,” formed the basis of this conference.

You can read the full report here.


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