Religion in Museums

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Socrel Conference on Material Religion

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SocRel (The British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group) will be hosting their Annual Conference in Durham University this year on the physical, material dimension of religious life and practice, one of the major themes of religious research over the last decade. The event will encourage interdisciplinary discussion of the significance of material culture in contemporary religion, including the images and architecture of sacred places and the objects and practices of everyday life.

Venue: Durham University, UK
Date: 9 – 11 April 2013

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Material religion in everyday life
  • Sacred objects in museums and galleries
  • Religion and the arts
  • The materiality of gender, class, age and ethnicity
  • Sacred objects: statues, icons, relics, holy books, architecture
  • Religion, landscape and the environment
  • Marketing and consuming religion
  • Religion and the body: ritual, experience and emotion
  • Health, sickness, disability, death and bereavement
  • The materiality of religious media and technologies
  • Research methods for the study of material religion

For more information please contact Tim Hutchings and Joanne McKenzie at


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