Some Highlights from our Blog
Over the past three years, our blog has seen a wide range of articles, discussions, reviews, announcements and reports. Below, you can find a selection of some of the most popular blog entries written by the KFG’s core group members. Enjoy reading!
Susanne Rau has published a series of three blog posts, entitled “Walking through the Streets of Calicut”, where she discusses her research on this Indian city. As travel remains difficult, perhaps some readers would like to get a sense of this fascinating city and its history through these blog entries. See here, for part I, part II and part III.
Jörg Rüpke has written on a range of topics, largely focusing on the ancient Mediterranean world, but also published some more general pieces. One such broader reflection was published in Italian and English, discussing the “end of religions“.
Still (sadly) relevant, is Sara Keller’s recent blog post on “The Corona Goddess”, where she reflects on Indian devotional practices connected to COVID. She argues that “in India, the emergence of a new deity, Corona Mātā, brings to light the vibrancy of a religious tradition that is constantly renegotiated and reinvented.” This entry is also available in French, as is her discussion of the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral.
Elisa Iori has informed us about her archaeological work in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her discussion of the mining site of Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, has gained renewed significance in light of recent events. If you are interested in a more joyful read, you can also read her reflections on games in sacred spaces.
Simone Wagner has reported on her work in the archives during Corona, telling us how this kind of work is like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates – you never know what you’ll get next. While one of our most popular blog posts are her reflections on “Religious Women, Sex, and the City. The Depiction of Religious Women in Popular Media“.
Emiliano Rubens Urciuoli has provided insights into his research by making us think about putting ourselves in the shoes of Mark, who “is a Greek-speaking shopkeeper born, raised, and dwelling in the Macedonian city of Philippi”. Want to find out more about Mark’s adventures? Read on here.
Asuman Lätzer-Lasar introduces her concept of “Religious Ancient Placemaking”, or RAP in her blog post entitled “From a “Chubby” Goddess to the Virgin Mary – Encountering Religious Placemaking in Rome“. She focuses especially on the spatial marking that is crucial for her concept.
Martin Christ has written on his ongoing research into burials and burial spaces in Munich and London, by understanding the old northern cemetery in Munich as a very urban space and discussing a satirical pamphlet on London from 1729. In it, London becomes a hell on earth, full of corrupt people and urban vices.
Our fellows have also contributed to the blog, for example David Garbin, who reflected on religious urbanity in Africa, Meera Dass on the concepts of Yatrā and Darśan and Pilgrimage to see in Hindu Religion as well as Nimrod Luz, who was interviewed on the current situation in Israel (see here for the first interview and here for the second one). Additionally, we have published occasional guest posts, for example this book review by Jaap Geraerts.
If you would like to contribute to our blog with a topic related to “Religion and Urbanity” (broadly defined), please get in touch. We are always happy to receive contributions!