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26-09-2012 to 28-09-2012 | Goethe-Institut/Max Müller Bhavan Mumbai, India

Global Prayers – Public Symposium and Artistic Presentations

Organized in coorporation with the Goethe Institut Mumbai

From September 26 to 28, global prayers organizes together with the Goethe-Institut Mumbai a public symposium and an artistic presentation at the Max-Müller-Bhavan. Project fellows, artists and international guests are invited to present their research projects and to exchange their views  with local experts, activists and the broader public.


Public Symposium (September, 26 & 27 1.30-5.30 pm)

The focus of this symposium which is taking place on September 26th and 27th  is centred around different aspects of “urban-religious configurations” which examine zones of overlapping  and / or shifting boundaries between what is perceived as secular and as sacral: What are spaces and places of faith? Which kinds of borders and of limits can be experienced? And how are the boundaries between „the religious and the sacral“ being established, maintained, transformed or blurred? These questions will be addressed with public presentation of artistic projects, film screenings, discussions, lectures and various interventions.


September, 26:

global prayers - redemption and liberation in the city: Introduction to the Research Project by Stephan Lanz / Kathrin Wildner (Urban Researchers, Berlin-Frankfurt-on-Oder)

Building the New Religious City: Asonzeh Ukah (Religious Sociologist and Religious Historian, Lagos/Bayreuth)

Faith, Ritual, Labour: Translocal Religion Before, Between, and Beyond Politics
D. Parthasarathy (Sociologist, Mumbai)

Gospel Funk: Pentecostalism and Popular Music in Rio de Janeiro
Martijn Oosterbann (Anthropologist, Utrecht)

September, 27:

On the Sacrality of Urban Sprawl: Registering Contemporary Religiosity in India: Smriti Srinivas  (Sociologist, Bangalore / Davis)

Religion and Rehabilitation - Human Biopolitics, City Spaces and Acts of Religion: Yasmeen Arif (Sociologist, Delhi)

Negotiating Gender Boundaries: Religion, Respectability and Access to Public Space in Mumbai: Sameera Khan (Jounalist and Researcher, Mumbai) and Shilpa Phadke (Cultural Scientist, Mumbai) in talk with Julia Eckert (Anthropologist, Berlin/Bern)


Artistic Presentation (September 26 - 28, 1-10 pm, Live-Event: 6-9 pm)

Apart from the academic contributions a live-event presented by Jochen Becker (art curator, Berlin) and Katrin Klingan (cultural manager, Berlin) compromising an artistic presentation and two film events will be open to the public. The event documents the exhibtition 'the Urban Cultures of global prayers' recently shown by metroZones (Berlin) at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst/NGBK (Berlin) and Camera Austria (Graz). 

Works presented during the event can be viewed individually on September 26, 27, 28 from 1-10 pm at Galerie Max Mueller. 

26th September, 6-9 pm: Artistic Presentation

27th September, 6-9 pm: Film Screening

27th September, 6-9 pm: Film Presentation (Surabhi Sharma/Joerg Adolph) 


Detailed Program

Published: 19.09.2012