Locating Religion(s): Cartography, Mapping, and Territory in the Study of Religion

Locating Religion(s): Cartography, Mapping, and Territory in the Study of Religion

August 5-6, 2019

This two-day workshop for faculty and graduate students will examine a variety of efforts to cartographically represent the spatial situations of religious communities, interrogate mapping methodologies and assumptions, consider the benefits and limitations of mapping for advancing the academic study of religions, and offer strategies for using maps and mapping in the classroom.
This workshop is offered at no charge by the Program in Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota. Registration is required and can be done online through this link: https://forms.gle/iuugqQPA6BypcFuc8

Monday, August 5

9:00      Continental breakfast meet and greet

9:30      Welcome and Introductions

9:45      Session I. Shared readings and identifying discussion issues – TBA (readings will be distributed prior to the workshop)

10:30    Break

10:45    Session II. Jan Volek (HIST), Religious Life in Central Europe, 1470–1530

11:30    Session III. Noam Sienna (HIST), Mapping a Sephardi Intellectual World

12:15    Lunch break

1:15      Session IV.  Eric Becklin (HIST), Mapping Lutheran Missions in China

2:15      Break

2:30      Session V.  Richard Bohannon (Metro State) Cartography, Lies, and Religions: How Maps Distort and Illuminate Our Understanding of Religious Traditions

3:30      Summarizing Conversation

4:00       Adjourn


Tuesday, August 6

9:00       Continental breakfast meet and greet

9:30       Session VI.  Chris Saladin (HIST) and Melinda Kernick (LIBRARY) Pedagogies in Locating Religion: Using Story Maps in the Classroom

11:30     Lunch break

1:00       Session VII. Jeanne Kilde (RELS) Walking tour of historical religious sites in Cedar-Riverside

                  Meet at the west end of the Washington Avenue Bridge (upper level)

2:30       Concluding conversation.  West Bank location TBA.