An Author Meets Her Critics

Around Birgit Meyer’s "Mediation and the Genesis of Presence: Toward a Material Approach to Religion"

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Hans Belting Independent scholar hbelting@hfg-karlsruhe.de

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Pamela Klassen University of Toronto p.klassen@utoronto.ca

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Birgit Meyer Utrecht University b.meyer@uu.nl

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Christopher Pinney University College London c.pinney@ucl.ac.uk

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Monique Scheer Tübingen University monique.scheer@uni-tuebingen.de

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In the fall of 2011, I was appointed to the Chair of Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology in the Faculty of Humanities. As I soon realized, my appointment occurred amid major transitions regarding the institutionalization of the study of religion at Utrecht University. This is part of a broader trend of renegotiating the space between ‘theology’ and ‘religious studies’. This trend echoes a wider process of ‘unchurching’: as the number of students of theology declines nationwide, religion in new and unexpected guises has become both a hot item and an intriguing socio-cultural and political phenomenon. Over the past year, as part of the process of adapting to my new post, I have grappled with these complicated institutional transformations.

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