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Published: Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Roundtable on Spirited Topographies: Religion and Urban Place-Making Religious Reassemblage and Late Socialist Planning in Urban Vietnam

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Abstract
Recent examinations of religion in postreform Vietnam point to relationships between economic growth and increased ritual activity; some argue that new conditions of precarity have fed the explosion of popular beliefs and investments in a pantheon of spirit beings. Little of this research draws on urban theory, however, and most studies of rituals and festivals remain tied to rural geographies. This essay examines the nexus of urban growth and ritual practice—what I am calling “religious reassemblage”—to challenge the idea that socialist-built cities are rationalized spaces of secular modernity. Focusing on the city of Vinh in north central Vietnam, I show how urban expansion is entangled with the spirit world to reconfigure the model of functional urban planning developed during socialist reconstruction after the end of the air war. An analysis of two temples—one newly built by local authorities and another renovated through grassroots contributions—reveals ambiguity between state forms of commemoration and popular religious expressions as struggles over the control of late socialist urban space take place in and through religious sites.



Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance. By MooneyCatherine M.University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 312 pages. $65.00 (hardcover).



Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich. By KurlanderEric. Yale University Press, 2017. 448 pages. $35.00 (hardcover), $20.00 (paper), $16.99 (e-book).



A Place at the Altar. Priestesses in Republican Rome

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

A Place at the Altar. Priestesses in Republican Rome. By DiLuzioMeghan J.. Princeton University Press, 2016. 304 pages. $45.00 (hardcover), $27.99 (e-book).