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What is the role of performance in faith practices? How is performance understood in and across a range of faith settings? How are performance and faith conceptualised through different academic disciplines? This collection of essays addresses these questions, and others, as it explores the complex relationship present in the nexus between faith and performance. A naturally inter-disciplinary work, this book contains contributions from a diverse group of scholars representing a wide range of methodologies and theoretical perspectives. As sociolinguists explore how language performance shapes and is shaped by faith, social anthropologists and psychologists examine how identity performance is crucial in negotiating faith identities, and scholars from theatre and performance studies engage with ways material settings are performatively transfigured to create sacred spaces (to mention but a few approaches covered in this book), the reader is taken on a journey of the world’s faiths and their diverse practices.
Andrey Rosowsky is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. His research explores literacy and language practices of faith-based supplementary schools. He has an interest in Qur’anic literacy and its relationship to notions of performance and how poetry and song in heritage languages and English are instrumental in reviving both religious and linguistic practices. He recently led an AHRC international interdisciplinary research project on performance and religious practice entitled “Heavenly Acts – aspects of performance through an interdisciplinary lens”. He is the author of Heavenly Readings: Liturgical Literacy in a Multilingual Context (2008) and editor of Faith and Language Practices in Digital Spaces (2017).
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