Since approximately two decades there has been an ongoing debate in Germany concerning the use and conversion of sacred spaces. In other European countries this debate has an even longer tradition. Despite numerous activities of diverse stakeholders one has not yet come much further with regard to lasting results. This is due to the complexity of the issue, but also has to do with a lack of methodological expertise in this field.
The Bonner Seminar of Liturgical Science concerns itself for some time now in cooperation with various other stakeholders on this issue. The book “Der sakrale Ort im Wandel” has just been published by us and documents two colloquia which were held in in 2013. The knowledge gained in recent years will be incorporated into a larger research application. The direct preparation of the project will be in the form of a symposium which will be held from 17 to 19 January 2016 in Bonn, to which we cordially invite you, titled „Stakeholder synergies surrounding sacred space. Convergence of multi- and transdisciplinary approaches concerning sacred space sustainability”.
With this letter we would like to inform you about the possibilities to actively participate at this conference. The conference consists of three parts. The first part consists of presentations of diverse research disciplines from different parts of Europe. The main focus lies here in formulating criteria for the future use of sacred spaces. The predominant aim is the coordination of diverse interests concerning the erection, conservation or reuse of sacred spaces.
In the second part poster presentations will be presented (Din A2). Here you will have the possibility to present your research, organisation, or project with a special focus on the topic of the future of sacred space. Concretely this can encompass a specific case, for instance a reused church, or a concept to preserve churches. Special attention should be given to the cooperation with other stakeholders, as well as the difficulties and opportunities which can be experienced in this cooperation. Here the focus lies on mutualities and differences in the issue of the future of sacred space, as well as the question how the differing interests can be bundled.
The third section is a comprised experience exchange which focuses on a concrete case: a church which is under threat of disposal in Cologne. Independent of the actual decision of the responsible parties involved possibilities and criteria of reuse will be compiled and discussed. In this way a first step in the formulation of a comprehensive methodology can be tested and serve as a basis for our planned research project. You are cordially invited to take a stance on the basis of your expertise how this sacred space can be optimally used in the future. The only restrictions are your own phantasy and creativity.
For more information, see the programme.
We would like to ask you to confirm your participation, preferably by Email to Kim de Wildt: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please contact Kim de Wildt.
Albert Gerhards & Kim de Wildt