Call for chapters: Religious Placemaking by Innovative Faith Communities

Call for chapters


“Religious Placemaking by Innovative Faith Communities:

Rethinking the Societal Relevance of Christianity.”


Forthcoming 2016

Religion may be the driving force to sustain and consolidate communities (Émile Durkheim), but also the disruptive and revelatory power of change and innovation (William James). The need to be innovative is felt strongly by today’s faith communities in contexts defined by the core processes of modernization (secularization, urbanization, social fragmentation, digitalization and globalization) on the one hand, and the wake of a new cultural condition that is often denoted with the terms ‘post-secular’, ‘postcolonial’, ‘post-national’ and ‘post-digital’ on the other. Modernization thus appears to be a double-faced reality. Its core processes are strongly defining our contemporary world, and are often believed to be ‘disruptive’ forces having a profound impact on contemporary religious communities and their societal and public visibility, involvement and influence. Yet at the same time, there is a widespread belief that our contemporary age is evolving in a radical different way than that of ‘a secular age’ (Charles Taylor) in which the societal and public relevance of religion is called into question. 

For this volume, which is part of the research project Transforming Religious Identities and Communities at the Intersections of the Rural, Urban, and Virtual, the editors are looking for case studies on innovative faith communities, particularly when they involve a specific vision, strategy or politics to contribute to the social, cultural, material or political capital in the local sphere. The notion of ‘faith community’ can refer to both strong communities characterized by (long-term) membership and ‘light’, ephemeral, networked and temporal communities. These communities may be located in rural, urban and/or virtual contexts. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the local dealing with poverty; interreligious tensions; diversity and race; local politics; media representations; symbolic presence in the city; environmental issues; hospitality and migration; histories of apartheid; redundant religious buildings and repurposing initiatives. 


Please find all information in the PDF sheet below.


Communities, TRIC: Religion and sustainable communities, TRIC: Rural, TRIC: Urban, TRIC: Virtual