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Wednesday, March 6 • 10:45 - 12:45
#6/340.1 – Global history and the study of religion. New methodologies and historical trajectories

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In the last decades, global history has been undergoing increasing favor within the academia. This historiographical approach highlights cultural processes of interaction, appropriation, exchange, and eventually conflict among peoples and local cultures. It offers therefore a unique point of departure for the study of religion in historical perspective. Whereas some religious traditions are transnational, others are more localized; some are outreaching, others are introverted.  How is global history referring to the study of religions? How do we narrate a global history which comprises a sound treatment of religious practices and beliefs? In order to answer some of these questions we invite proposals focusing on themes related to religious symbols, norms, objects, and human agents and their circulations within the context of empires or/and national systems. Contributions shall combine historical material or case studies with reflections on the larger historiographical issue.

  • Cristiana Facchini (Alma Mater-Università di Bologna) 
  • Joerg Ruepke (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt) 

  • Joerg Ruepke (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt) - Narrating the end of religions 
  • Cristiana Facchini (Alma Mater-Università di Bologna) - Writing about global history and religion: the long nineteenth century 
  • Christoph Uehlinger (University of Zurich) - Empires and universalism: ancient Near Eastern precedents and the longue durée 
  • Francesco Massa (Université de Genève) - Classifying Religions in Late Antiquity: A Christian Need for a Global World 
  • Georgios Gaitanos (Logos University Tirana-Durres) - A methodology for the study of religion and cults of late antiquity: a new perspective 
  • Sergio Botta (Università di Roma La Sapienza) - Local and Global Claims in a Novohispanic Franciscan Theory of Religion: The Assimilation of Indigenous Beliefs and Practices in fray Juan de Torquemada’s Monarquía Indiana (1615) 
  • Sabina Pavone (Università di Macerata) - Catholic Conversions in Early Modern India: strategies and practices 
  • Chiara Ghidini (Università di Napoli L’Orientale) - “Heretic” Tidings from Early Modern Japan 
  • Larisa Andreeva (Pushkin Leningrad State University) - The De-Europeanization of Christianity in the 21st Century: The Phenomenon of “Southern” Christianity 
  • Achmad Murtafi Haris (State Islamic University of Sunan Ampel Surabaya Indonesia) - The pros and cons of Muslim scholars using Judaic biblical sources
  •  Easten Law (Georgetown University) - Discerning Hybrid Modernities in the Religiosities of Modern China 
  • Paola von Wyss-Giacosa (University of Zurich) - Henry Lord’s A Display of two Forraigne Sects in the East Indies – the tract of a British minister’s as a case study of early modern preoccupation with contemporary idolatry

Language: English


Cristiana Facchini

Alma Mater-Università di Bologna

Joerg Ruepke

Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt


Larisa Andreeva

Pushkin Leningrad State University

Sergio Botta

Università di Roma-Sapienza

Georgios Gaitanos

Logos University Tirana-Durres

Chiara Ghidini

Università di Napoli L’Orientale

Achmad Murtafi Haris

State Islamic University of Sunan Ampel Surabaya Indonesia

Easten Law

Georgetown University

Francesco Massa

Université de Genève

Sabina Pavone

Università di Macerata

Christoph Uehlinger

University of Zurich

Paola von Wyss-Giacosa

University of Zurich

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