global prayers. contemporary manifestations of the religious in the city

Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, Kathrin Wildner (Eds.).

This book explores Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City from a transdisciplinary urban studies perspective, focusing on the interactions and interrelations between the urban sphere and those religious movements that have grown to become significant urban players over the past decades. The format reflects the multi-disciplinary approaches of research and representation that inform the project Global Prayers—Redemption and Liberation in the City. It is not only the conventional boundaries between scientific disciplines (social and cultural sciences, ethnography, geography, religious studies, architecture, and sound studies) that are transgressed here, but also those between the sciences and the arts, whose research approaches we see as epistemic practice.

The book, structured to form several layers, contains theoretical, empirical, and essayistic texts, several interviews, and visual essays of different lengths and in various “languages”: Introductory theoretical and conceptual texts by the editorial and supervisory team of Global Prayers outline the field of research from various perspectives: how is the book positioned within urban theory? What concepts guide its methodological transdisciplinarity? What artistic and curatorial strategies are applied? What institutional settings characterize the Global Prayers laboratory?

Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, Kathrin Wildner (Eds.): Global Prayers. Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City. Lars Mueller Publishers, Zurich. 2013