Sessions at 2011 Annual Meeting


Sunday - 9:00 am-11:30 am
Room: MM-Yerba Buena 6

John Corrigan, Florida State University, Presiding

This panel begins with a brief overview of four major spatial theorists with multidisciplinary perspectives: Edward Soja, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, and Jonathan Z. Smith. Following this are three papers that move these spatial theories into conversations with concepts of sacredness, the religious imagination and the politics of memorialization.

Theme: Spatial Theory and Religion

Andrew Salzmann, Boston College

Sacred Thirdspace: Recapturing the Urgency of Arranging Places of Worship with Edward Soja and Hugh of Saint Victor



Gerhard van den Heever, University of South Africa

"Spatial Stories": Reimagined Sacred Space and Identity Formation in First Century Western Asia Minor



Rose Aslan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Museumification of a Saint's Tomb: (De)constructing Sacred Space at the Mevlana Museum


Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota

Business Meeting:

Leonard Norman Primiano, Cabrini College

Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota


Monday - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Room: Offsite-Meet at CC-Howard Street Exit

Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota, Presiding

David Bains, Samford University, Presiding

Jonathan H. X. Lee, San Francisco State University, Presiding

Quincy Newell, University of Wyoming, Presiding

The tour will visit a number of sites that reflect the religious diversity of San Francisco. We will travel by bus to First Chinese Baptist Church — organized in 1880 — a multigenerational bilingual bicultural church. We will then walk through Chinatown, stopping at two temples dedicated to the Empress of Heaven, Goddess of the Sea: 1) Tin Hou Temple, established in 1852, which is popular among Buddho-Daoist Chinese/Chinese Americans; and 2) Ma-tsu Temple, founded in 1986, which is based on a Taiwanese/Taiwanese American representation of the goddess that informs different ritual traditions. We will then reboard the bus for Misión San Francisco de Asís (better known as Mission Dolores), constructed in 1791 as a Franciscan mission intended to convert the native communities in the Bay Area. Today this Roman Catholic parish complex also includes a cemetery and basilica — completed in 1918. If time permits, we may explore one or two more sites in the Mission Dolores area.

Theme: Sacred and Religious Sites of San Francisco