Friday 4 December 2020, 2.00 to 4.30 pm GMT, via Zoom.
The concept of ‘lived religion’ emerged within the French school of sociology in the 1930s when extensive enquiries were made into the state of French catholicism, and is still conceived today as belonging primarily to the province of social scientists, practical theologians and moral philosophers.
The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (Queen Mary University of London) has entered into a collaboration with the Research Centre for the Anglophone World of Aix-Marseille University (LERMA, UR 853) for a four-year project applying the concept to European literature and history, following the seminal work of David Hall and Robert Orsi for North America.
With due regard to the sociological context in which such work began, the project explores historical, literary and material sources, seeking new ways to approach private and public devotions, religious practices and the everyday religion of the laity.
We hold a symposium every year, alternating between England and France: ‘Documenting Lived Religion 1500 to the Present:
Perspectives Across Borders’ (2017), ‘Lived Religion: Theory and Practice’ (2018), ‘Lived Religion and the Book’ (2019), ‘Lived Religion and the Visual Arts’ (2020). A conference will end the cycle in October 2021 in London.
Conveners: Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille University), Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Aix-Marseille University), Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary University of London)