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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

Safet HadziMuhamedovic - shared sacred landscapes

2:00pm-3:30pm on Tuesday 30 March

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Seven researchers, seven images and seven presentations – each seven minutes long… This experimental panel invites the audience to engage with visual research of interfaith relations and shared religious environments by producing collaborative ‘chain poems’ to be used as prompts in the Q&A with the researchers. 'An Interfaith Picture is Worth a Thousand Words' is organised as part of Cambridge Festival 2021

Rituals, language, architecture and everyday landscapes across the world continue to be shaped by dynamic relationships between people of different beliefs. In various shapes and forms, interfaith connections are everywhere! Yet, they are also frequently contested and disrupted by political actors. This experimental panel engages some emerging academic questions on interfaith environments through visual research. Each of the seven contributors will showcase a single photograph from their own research archives and provide a seven-minute (or 1,000-word) long explanation of how the image speaks to some aspect of interfaith relations. Before we proceed to their explanation, however, we will test the adage that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. All of the participants in the audience will be invited to analyse each image for a minute and write up to seven words of association on the virtual whiteboard. These words will form seven different ‘chain poems’, to be used as prompts for the proceeding Q&A with the researchers. The images, 'chain poems' and presentation transcripts will be made available following the event. 

Professor Esra Özyürek, University of Cambridge
​Dr Marlene Schäfers, University of Cambridge
Dr Reza Masoudi, SOAS University of London
Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović, University of Cambridge 
Dr Sami Everett, University of Cambridge
Samuel Tettner, University of Manchester
Professor Tom Selwyn, SOAS University of London

The panel is organised by Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović, Research Associate in Inter-Faith Relations at the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme (CIP), University of Cambridge. It builds on his project ‘Shared Sacred Landscapes: Interfaith Dialogues in Cambridge’, supported by the Public Engagement Starter Fund.

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