Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 992125-M-6
Contested Ritual Space and Religious Diversity
Course info
Course module992125-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSHD: Department of Culture Studies; Culture Studies;
Is part of
M Culture Studies
dr. M.J.M. Hoondert
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A. Nugteren
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change. - With less than 5 participants the course will
Registration openfrom 20/01/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021
  1. The student has a broad knowledge and sharp insight in issues regarding religion and ritual in relation to religious diversity.
  2. The student has a broad knowledge about the visibility of religion in the public domain in relation to religious diversity on the one hand and secularism on the other.
  1. The student is able to apply his knowledge and insights to matters of power politics in the public domain
  2. The student is able to write an academic paper regarding an issue of religion and ritual in relation to religious diversity and/or secularism
  1. The student has grown a particular sensitivity for the phenomena of ritual, ritual dynamics and contested ritualizations in the context of religious diversity and/or secularism.


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.

Compulsory Reading

Silvio Ferrari and Sabrina Pastorelli (eds.), Religion in Public Spaces. A European Perspective, Surrey: Ashgate. ISBN 9781409450580.

Recommended Reading
  1. Chad Meister (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-534013-6.
  2. Bryan S. Turner (ed.), Religious Diversity and Civil Society: A Comparative Analysis, The Bardwell Press, 2008, ISBN 978-1-905622-11-5.
  3. Justin Beaumont & Christopher Baker (eds.), Postsecular Cities: Space, Theory and Practice, Continuum, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4411-2963-5.
  4. 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.
  5. Kim Knott, 'From locality to location and back again: A spatial journey in the study of religion' In: Religion 39 (2009), pp. 154-160.
  6. 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.

Please Mind: With less than 5 participants the course will 
Contact person
dr. M.J.M. Hoondert
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Contested Ritual Space and Religious Diversity
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