Global Prayers to Go. Salvation and liberation in the megacities of the world. location:House of World Cultures, Berlin. date:2-3 June 2009
Kick-off event of the research project "Global Prayers"
"If God died in the cities of the industrial revolution, he has risen again in the post-industrial cities of the developing world," writes urban scholar Mike Davis. Strengthened religious "identities" and movements rank among the most important socio-political actors today. The mobilization of the religious in mega-metropolises – in the gestalt of Islamization, Hindu-Nationalism, or Pentecostalism comes along with the ethnicization of urban and social conflicts. The multidisciplinary project "Global Prayers" is exploring the new urban churches, their adoption of state functions and the associated change of urban policies.