The Pentecostalisation of Public Spheres, Leeds, UK, 14 March 2014

The Pentecostalisation of Public Spheres
Religion & Society @Leeds Research Day
14 March 2014, Fairbairn House, Main Building Upper Chapel

Pentecostalism, an umbrella term for rapidly growing charismatic movements in global Christianity, is often argued to be a public religion par excellence. It refuses to accept the marginal and privatised role which theories of modernity as well as of secularisation use to reserve for religion. Pentecostal Christianity manifests itself publicly, engages with social and political issues, and in the meantime reshapes the public and political sphere by its dualist religious epistemology in which the world is the scene of a spiritual battle between God and the Devil. This Religion & Society @Leeds Research Day explores these religious dynamics, discussing case studies in a variety of African and Chinese contexts.

From 9:15 : Coffee & tea
9:45–10:00 Emma Tomalin & Adriaan van Klinken: Welcome and opening

10:00–12:45 Pentecostalism and Kenya’s 2013 election
Gregory Deacon (University of Oxford): The Jubilee Campaign and Kenya’s Born Again Election 2013

Damaris Parsitau (Egerton University, Kenya): A Sinful Nation, Wretched Souls, a Wrathful God and a Strange Prophet? The Ministry of Repentance and Holiness in Kenya

Jörg Haustein (SOAS, University of London): Pentecostalism vis-à-vis the state: Ethiopia and China
Ethiopian Religious Politics and the Rise of Pentecostalism

Lap Yan Kung (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Redefining the Private and Public: Pentecostalism in China

12:45–13:45 Lunch

13:45–15:45 Pentecostalism, nationalism and society
Tobias Brander (Chinese University of Hong Kong)Pentecostalism in the Chinese Context: Between Counterculturalism and Adaptation

Afe Adogame (University of Edinburgh): African Pentecostalism, Civic Role and Social Capital Engineering

Barbara Bompani (University of Edinburgh): Transforming the Nation: Pentecostalism and the Public Sphere in Uganda

Venue: Fairbairn House, 71-75 Clarendon Road, LS2 9PH LEEDS
Contact: Dr Adriaan van Klinken,
Please confirm your attendance by email.

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