An international conference on a key topic

The present conference will shed light on the multiple relations between young people (defined here as 35 years and under), religion, and processes of globalization in the last 20 years.

The following issues will shape our collective discussion:

  • How is globalization transforming young people’s faith? Does it bring different traditions together within the same space, leading to a relativization or heterogeneity of convictions or, on the contrary, to a desire for greater uniformity or orthodoxy? Does it foster hybridization, cross-fertilization, as well as changes in affiliation?
  • How does globalization affect religious institutions with respect to the way they engage youth? How do "religious entrepreneurs" use the tools of economic globalization to attract young people? Can we identify a "globalization" of religious education systems? Do transnational religious events (e.g. pilgrimages, music tours, or festivals) encourage a spiritual opening to international networks? How are these global meetings formed, sustained, and ritualized?
  • To what extent are religiously committed young people agents of globalization? Does affiliation to a religion that transcends national borders encourage engagement in "religious internationals,” (Green and Viaene, 2012) and/or produce an imaginary that leads to a consideration of issues on a global scale? (Kaell, 2020).
  • How do levels of technological and media access create, for young people, differing patterns of religious networking and adherence at a global level? Have new technological networks affected young people's relationship to religion? Can we document the emergence of virtual spiritual spaces and digital diasporas?

This workshop asks, from a transnational perspective, what kind of globalization(s) young believers construct, inhabit, and imagine.

The symposium will bring together experts from around the world. It is organized with the support of the Institut universitaire de France, the CRIDAQ, the GSRL, the University of Bordeaux, Concordia University and the LACES

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