Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Religion today lies at the heart of a cultural and political debate, related to immigration, human  rights, the role of women and democracy in general. Various questions are asked about what criteria define a lay, pluralistic space and its physical and symbolical boundaries. From this point of view examination of multiple expressions of religiosity in the human body, in physical and symbolic spaces and in the relationship among individuals, and between individuals and space, assumes critical importance.

For over a century, social sciences have been highlighting that “religion” is a plural category, a composite set of organizations, actors, practices, beliefs, meanings, relations, values and traditions.
Since the 1980s, the concept of “lived religion” has expressed a living, fluid, pluralistic and everyday dimension of religions: religion is part of daily life; religiosity is expressed through a
variable set of collective and individual, institutionalised and informal, hybrid and codified practices.

We believe that an ethnographical prospective allows us productively to examine such religious ecology and with this end in view we invite contributions dealing with the theme of religion in daily
life – lived religion – based on solid empirical analysis. The areas in which the theme may be declined include:

  • Native religions in today’s world;
  • Religious tradition and innovation;
  • Female religious experience, for example in churches, in alternative spirituality, in religious  groups/movements and in politics;
  • Mobile religion including pilgrimages and religious tourism;
  • Religion, economics and consumption;
  • Religion, the human body and mass media.

To submit your proposal please send an e-mail to conveners Alberta Giorgi, Stefania Palmisano, Giovanna Rech and to the conference committee (, indicating the title of the chosen session. Please send:

  •  the title of your talk and an abstract of maximum 1000 words (.doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf);
  • your contact details (full name, e-mail, post address and affiliation) and those of your co-author/s, if any;
  • if you like, a short videotalk (2 min. max.). More info here .

Abstracts (and video talks) must be submitted in English. The official languages of the conference, however, are Italian, English, and French; for each session, languages will be used depending on the participants composition.

Proposal must be submitted by January 15, 2016.