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SPACE AS A MEDIUM OF RELIGION


The relationship between space, as place and as experience, and religion is a common theme across a number of projects within our research group that consider material and architectural references to religion in public space. The travel motif in films, images and text has been explored as an expression of transformations that are strongly tied to existential experience: whether understood as pilgrimage, adventuring, or tourism, travels not only connects different places but can also contain implicit or explicit references to religious tradition. According to Roman Catholic tradition ossuaries form a site of encounter in the transition from life to death. The staging of death through the exhibition of skulls and other mortal remains reveals the social and symbolic significance of space, while also throwing light on the relationship of space, body, and afterlife and on the construction of gender in this world and the next. Today ossuaries are considered not only religious sites but also part of the cultural inheritance of a differentiated and pluralistic society. The considerable presence of spatial practices in identity-making processes is also recognised in other research projects, for example, in the examination of the representation of religious diversity in museums, interreligious chapels or buildings, and other public places.

 

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