- The student has a broad control over and sharp insight into the relations between the general field of Religion & Ritual and the more specific domain of religious diversity, especially in its aspects of contested space.
- The student has grown a particular sensitivity for the phenomena of emerging ritual and ritual dynamics.
- The student is able to apply this knowledge, insight and sensitivity to matters of power politics in the public domain.
- The student is able to report on this in a suitably academic style.
This course focuses on religious diversity, especially its impact on the use of public space. Special attention goes to emerging ritual and ritual dynamics when space in the city becomes contested, a billboard for self-presentation, or an expression of power politics. We use the existing discourse on religious diversity, the notions of place, space and locality, and the right to the city. Through various well-selected case studies we explore ongoing identity conflicts as well as the celebration of difference and the proliferation of ritual expression.
- Paul Weller, Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues, Continuum, 2008, ISBN 0-8264-9897-3.
- Silvio Ferrari and Sabrina Pastorelli (eds.), Religion in Public Spaces. A European Perspective, Surrey: Ashgate. ISBN 9781409450580.
- Chad Meister (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-534013-6.
- Bryan S. Turner (ed.), Religious Diversity and Civil Society: A Comparative Analysis, The Bardwell Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-905622-11-5.
- Justin Beaumont & Christopher Baker (eds.), Postsecular Cities: Space, Theory and Practice, Continuum, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4411-2963-5.
- Kim Knott, 'Community and Locality in the Study of Religions' In: Jensen, Tim, and Rothstein, Mikael (eds.), Secular Theories on Religion, pp. 87-105., Museum Tusculanum Press, 2000.
- Kim Knott, 'From locality to location and back again: A spatial journey in the study of religion' In: Religion 39 (2009), pp. 154-160.
- Daniele Hervieu-Leger, 'Space and Religion: New Approaches to Religious Spatiality in Modernity' In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 26.1 (March 2002), pp.99-105.