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Welcome to the website for the Space Place and Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion.  This is a new group for 2014 formed by the merger of the Sacred Space in Asia Group with the Space, Place, and Religious Meaning Group.
Here you will find information on our past and present activities.

Statement of Purpose:

This Group is a forum for exploring religious sites and the spatial dimensions of religions.  We feature ethnographically-informed studies of living sites, historically-informed studies of texts and artifacts, and analyses of architecture and landscape. Our work seeks to shed light on the role of space and place in religious traditions and communities or to examine religious activity (performance, ritual, and practice) in spatial contexts.

This group recognizes that spaces and places, real and imagined/visionary, are constitutive elements in religious life; it is dedicated to investigating how they contribute to contemplative, ritualistic, artistic, economic, ethnic, or political aspects of religious life using a variety of approaches and methods. We expect to include at least one session focused on spaces and places in Asia, in addition to sessions focused on other themes, regions, traditions or advancing the theoretical analysis of space and place.