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Muslims, Migration and Sacred Objects

International conference on ways in which sacred objects also travel when people migrate and how such sacred objects have an affect on religious practices, imaginaries and the constitution of Muslim migrant communities in different countries.

25.06.2015 | Mark Sedgwick

Dato tor 03 dec fre 04 dec
Tid 09:00    13:00
Sted Moesgaard Museum

The term ‘sacred objects’ covers a range of possible objects of material culture that have travelled along with and been kept in the possession of migrants from the Middle East and South Asia or are being circulated between sites in a transnational social field stretched out between different countries. These sacred objects can connect people and places, can evoke religious sentiments, feelings and affect, and sacralize the new migrant destinations. Sacred objects are also sometimes commodities, with important economic significance. Sacred objects can in many respects be said to create pious subjects, create local, transregional and global communities and delineate sacred territory. Most importantly, sacred objects are often believed to bridge this world and other worlds.

A focus on sacred objects can epitomize - and hopefully cast new light on - ongoing scholarly discussions of religious practices and everyday life within Muslim migrant communities and how they in new settings navigate, negotiate and understand relationship to tradition and modernity, orthodoxy and heterodoxy or authenticity and charlatanry.

Confirmed participants are:

  • Hans Christian Korsholm Nielsen, Danish Dialogue Institute Cairo
  • Ingvild Flaskerud, Oslo University
  • Joachim Meyer, The David Collection, Copenhagen
  • Jonas Svensson, Linnaeus University
  • Karen Waltorp, Aarhus University
  • Mark Sedgwick, Aarhus University
  • Mikkel Bille, Roskilde University
  • Mikkel Rytter, Aarhus University
  • Pedram Khosronejad, University of Nantes
  • Sean McLoughlin, University of Leeds
  • Thomas Fibiger, Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum
  • Ulrik Høj Johnsen, Aarhus University and Moesgaard Museum

The conference is co-funded by The Danish Institute in Damascus, The research program on Contemporary Ethnography and CESAU – Center for sociological studies, Aarhus University.