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Faces of the City

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Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon

on 14 August 2017

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Transcript of Faces of the City

Valleys of Salt in the House of God:
Religious Re-territorialisation and Urban Space

by Bettina Malcomess &
Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon

We argue that religious groupings in the city aim to establish sites of belonging and moral order through the administration of spaces, objects and bodies, both in tension and in harmony with co-existing orders and territories.
We understand ongoing processes of territorialization as a fluid movement between three forms: the assemblage, the refrain and the territory.
Religious groups formally and informally organized thus form territories within the built form of the city, but they are also perpetually in motion, perpetually territorialising.

“It important to have a physical space,” says Dlamini, “If you haven’t got a physical space for the Church, people have no chance to repent, because if you have no place, they will ask you where are you from? Where is your Church? …The street is the street, a house is a house. You can teach from the street, but people love where you stay, where you have a church”

Glissant makes the distinction between errant and directional nomadic movement. Directional nomadic movement is that of empire, coloniality, apartheid and capital, which is distinguished from the errant movement of the displaced, without a direct link to a home or fixed root identity..
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