Agora Lecture – Marion Bowman: Sacred Spaces in Secular Places – From Airports to Agoratopias

October 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Marion Bowman is the Head of Religious Studies at the Open University in the United Kingdom, working at the interstices of religious studies and folklore. Her research interests include vernacular religion, contemporary Celtic spirituality, pilgrimage, material culture, sacred space, airport chapels, the creation of myth and tradition. She has made a long term study of Glastonbury Festival, England, on which she has published extensively.

In her Agora lecture Bowman discusses how modern people find, create and experience sacred spaces in some unexpected places. She will look at two examples of this – airport chapels and the sacred spaces created at the famous Glastonbury Festival. In these two very different contexts, she explores ideas of what makes sacred space in terms of material culture, purpose and surroundings. She ponders why people feel the need for sacred spaces in secular places, and how people react to and interact with these spaces – whether as flyers or festival goers.

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