Religions and Globalization: Theoretical and Methodological
by the Danish network RENNER (Research Network on New
Ebeltoft, Denmark, September 23-26, 2002.
leading scholars in the history of religions, theology,sociology of religion,
psychology of religion, and other disciplines in the humanities and social
sciences to contribute their reflections on important aspects of globalization
processes with regard to new religions and new religiosity.
the preliminary title of your paper, an abstract (max. 20 lines), and
a brief CV (max. 5 lines) by email to the following address: Refslund@teologi.au.dk.
Deadline is March 15, 2002.
and further information can be found at our website:http://www.teo.au.dk/html/renner
Globalization is currently a pivotal theme in cultural studies whether
approached as a reflection of world economy and power dynamics, new possibilities
of communication and cultural exchange in the light of mass media and
technology, increased cultural plurality following migration or as a combination
of any of these.
of globalization and its influences on cultural dynamics raise questions
of vital importance for various disciplines in cultural studies.The study
of religion is one such discipline that is trying to deal with the challenge
of globalization in its theoretical and methodological reflections. Religious
ideas, practices and ways of organizing and communicating are (and have
always been) constantly in the process of finding their place between
continuity and change, between being transformed and innovated, and yet
claiming to be traditional and original. However swiftly the world seems
to be changing, groups and individuals continuously attempt to produce
more or less coherent worldviews, organize themselves accordingly and
communicate with the world at large.
religions are, or claim to be, deeply rooted in a local tradition or cultural
environment while others seem to identify themselves as global and transcultural.
In fact, the rise and spread of many new religions and new religious movements
seems to be closely identified with globalization. No religion, however,
is without local roots, and, equally, no religion is separate from global
the study of new religions by means of globalization theories and methodologies
will hopefully function as a platform for meaningful exchange between
will consist of 6 sessions introduced by keynote speakers who are specialists
in the topic of their session.
Globalization Theories Evaluated
theories on globalization processes and consequences have produced different
tools and approaches. This session will evaluate the different theories
and methodologies in terms of their adequacy and productiveness in the
study of new religions.
Globalization Organization and Religious Mobility
globalization influence the organization and management of new religions
and how can these issues be studied? Globalization has added new perspectives
to the study of religious mobility, be it a result of migration or because
ideas, practices and traditions 'migrate' out of their original contexts
and are transformed and innovated by new practitioners in new cultural
contexts.In this session, theories on religious mobility will be explored
as well as the interrelatedness of local and global culture, center
and diaspora, networking, religious centers without physical location,
and changes and innovations in the organization and management of new
Global Technology and Mass Media
Some of the
issues that characterize globalization and religion, in a number of theoretical
perspectives, are the influence of new technology and mass media. This
session focusses on the new medias and the new modes of communication
that seem to influence religions and religious activities.
Religious Interaction in a Global Context
In a globalized
world where migration, for instance, leads to the meeting and confrontation
of religions, how do religious individuals and groups interact? Multiculturality
is a growing factor in many countries with the result that new communities
and new religions (or old religions in new cultural and geographical settings)
challenge the 'old order'. This plural situation affects the interaction
of religious groups and individuals, ranging from confrontation to interreligious
dialogue and, in some cases, symbiosis. This
session will deal with theoretical consequences and models.
Globalization in Historical Perspective
scholars see globalization as a modern, or even postmodern, cultural phenomenon,
others claim that globalization premisses and processes have a long history.
What constitutes globalization in a historical perspective and when can
a cultural, social, or religious phenomenon be said to be influenced by
such premisses and processes? Are there historical periods which give
us an analytical advantage in the study of new religions and globalization?
scholarly contributions to the above mentioned topics. Even though papers
do not necessarily have to be theoretical treatises, they should address
the theoretical issues and methodologies of the topic chosen. Purely descriptive
papers will not accepted. Please send the preliminary title of your paper,
an abstract (max. 20 lines), and a brief CV (max. 5 lines) by
email to the following address: Refslund@teologi.au.dk
is March 15, 2002.
and futher information, please visit our website at http://www.teo.au.dk/html/renner.
Armin W. Geertz
Department of the Study of Religion
University of Aarhus, Faculty of Theology
Taasingegade 3, DK-8000 Aarhus C