In this year’s academic workshop at the Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) – Beirut, Lebanon, 29-31 August 2018, we will further zoom into Shrines as ‘contact interfaces’, places of negotiation of heritage and present-day agency. Many shrines in Post-Ottoman societies have a history of intercommunal worship, but yet again so are many contested by feuding parties.

Based on the first success of last year’s inaugural conference of Recreating Pluralism at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, this year we will further delve into the topic of “Shrines & Sacred Spaces in Post-Ottoman Societies, as Places of Inter-Communal Connection and Contestation”. The planned output of this workshop is an edited volume.

As the topic is particularly inviting for further exploration beyond the workshop room, we are also planning a ‘Shrines Tour of Lebanon’ supervised by some of our own expert participants of which Nour Farra-Haddad, founder of Neos travel and the Holy Lebanon app is the most important one, monday – tuesday 27-28 August. The planned output of this workshop is an edited volume.

Whereas accommodation and tickets will be paid for those selected participants who have no financial means themselves and are not residing in Lebanon, the Shrines Tour of Lebanon will be self-paid by participants. More information about this tour will follow later. Expect a budget of between $ 100-200 for transport and accommodation.