Schering Stiftung


Faith in the City

Faith in the City

29.10.2013, Berlin | Aren’t religion and urbanity mutually exclusive? All the findings of the international project GLOBAL PRAYERS: Redemption and Liberation in the City indicate that this basic assumption of urban research is no longer valid: New religious communities are changing urban topographies and are emerging as economic and global players. On November 14–16, 2013, the House of World Cultures in Berlin will host the Global Prayers Congress (open to the public), which will kick off with “Speaking in Tongues,” a video installation by Dutch artist Aernout Mik.

In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, evangelical communities are active in drug prevention. In Beirut, Muslim organizations work to rebuild a war-ravaged city. In Berlin, Christian communities meet in movie theaters, cafés, and other secular spaces. So far, there has been little research on these new, globally networked movements; instead, they are frequently ignored or ostracized. During the Global Prayers Theme Days, international scholars and artists present religious phenomena as well as religious spaces, strategies, and productions of meaning from metropolises around the world. Through discussions, presentations, sounds, film, and photography, they explore the links between urban liberation and religious practices, between promises of spiritual redemption and social liberation.
In addition to lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings, the program also includes a lecture performance, on November 15, at 10 p.m., by Paola Yacoub and Joseph Rustom entitled “O Syria,” which examines images and videos that are published daily on the Internet by the warring parties in Syria.
Current findings of artistic and scientific research can be viewed online at
To mark the occasion of the conference, a volume of essays entitled “Global Prayers: Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City” has been published by Lars Müller Publishers.

The expert conference On Research II. Reflections on Research Methodologies will take place as part of the Global Prayers Congress. An outstanding example of interdisciplinary research by artists and scientists, the conference is supported by the Schering Stiftung for the second time. Participation is by invitation only.


The Global Prayers Congress: Faith in the City

Opening: November 14, 2013

7:00 p.m. Aernout Mik: “Speaking in Tongues,” a video work featuring Lars Eidinger et al.
8:00 p.m. Discussion: “Speculative Staging,” with Aernout Mik, Martijin Oosterbaan, Stefan Heidenreich, and Sabeth Buchmann
Free admission.

Congress: November 15 and 16, 2013

For more information on the program and admission fees, please click here.


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