Religious Affect, Emotional Experiences and African Cities
Published by Duke University Press in 2020, Affective Trajectories: Religion and Emotion in African Cityscapes, edited by Hansjörg Dilger, Astrid Bochow, Marian Burchardt and Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, has recently become available in Open Access at the Open Research Library.
A Blog Post by Pablo Markin.
This book explores affective and emotional experiences as manifestations of religion in the rapidly shifting conditions of postcolonial African urban spaces and the diaspora. The editors of this volume define the term “affective trajectory” as the force of affect in the religious lives of individuals and communities. In plural, this term, thus, refers to networks of people, religious forces, and material places that are established, dissolved, and remade, and modes of articulating time-space coordinates that include, for instance, traces of the former presences of people and of encounters between believers, gods, and spirits in urban spaces. The chapters of this collected volume address diverse topics. In the first part of this book dealing with affective infrastructures, these include mourning as affective regeneration in Johannesburg, Apostolic Christianity in Harare and Pentecostal revivalism and Islamic reformism in Abuja. The second part of this book addresses trajectories and routes of emotions, such as in relation to mediums of healing among Christian patients in West Africa, spiritual cleansing in a Congolese branch of a Japanese religious movement and the spiritual repertories of Nigerian pastors in the diaspora. The third part of this volume on embodiment, subjectivity and belonging deals with religious practices in Ghana; Islam, gender, and sexuality in Zanzibar; and Christianity, family, and identity in Gaborone, among other topics.
From the introduction into this book by Hansjörg Dilger, Astrid Bochow, Marian Burchardt and Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon:
“This volume is the first of its kind to focus comparatively on the multiple articulations between the varied affective and emotional states of people living in and beyond urban Africa, on the one hand, and the religious practices, ideas, and infrastructures present in African cities that impact them, on the other. In an important sense, the affective and emotional dynamics in urban Africa, and the social, political, and material configurations that sustain — or are sustained by — them, are bound up with religion, its politics of collective aspirations and presence in public spaces, as well as its material practices” (Dilger, Bochow, Burchardt, & Wilhelm-Solomon, 2020, p. 1).
Edited by Pablo Markin
Dilger, Hansjörg, Astrid Bochow, Marian Burchardt, and Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, eds. Affective Trajectories. Durham, North Carolina, USA: Duke University Press, 2020. Accessed August 13, 2020. https://openresearchlibrary.org.
Featured Image Credits