Religion in Place: Spaces | Borders | Bodies

We are delighted to announce Religion in Place: Spaces | Borders | Bodies, a symposium to be held at Saint Louis University from October 10-12, 2019. This event, sponsored by the Lived Religion in the Digital Age project with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, will convene scholars of religion and theology across a variety of fields of expertise to engage in interdisciplinary conversation around critical (re)orientations in the study of religion, from visual media, law, and urbanization to environmental theology, migration, and racial justice. Inspired by geographer Yi-Fu Tuan’s question, “When does mere location become place?,” the symposium seeks to scrutinize formations of location and locatedness—geographic, sensorial, imaginative, architectural, legal, incarnational, cultural, virtual, affective, and otherwise—as generative frames in the study of religion and theology. We are excited to bring together a robust group of scholars whose scholarship contributes to this conversation from a range of perspectives and areas of expertise.

Dr. Marla Frederick, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will deliver the keynote address on October 10. On October 11, Lauren Pond, the 2018-2019 Lived Religion in the Digital Age Artist in Residence, will deliver a public talk based on her photographic portfolio, Religion in the Midwest.

Attendance at this symposium is free and open to the public. Please see the “Participant Bios” page for more information on our symposium participants.

Please feel free to contact project administrator Dr. Samantha Arten at with any questions.