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Katja Rakow

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Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Institution: Heidelberg University, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"

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Junior Research Group Leader of the Project"Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism: Pentecostal Christianity between Globalisation and State Control in Singapore" at the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"

The Junior Research Group explores the transcultural dynamics of Pentecostalism with regard to the transformation of moral codes, questions of identity, and the negotiation of boundaries in the nexus of globalising processes and localised public spheres in contemporary Singapore. Pentecostal megachurches are part of and shaped by larger transnational networks; at the same time these churches strive towards more influence on the Singaporean society. But the “Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act” that seeks to maintain harmony in the public sphere limits their missionary fervour. State control necessitates ongoing negotiations and transformations of religious discourses, practices and identities that produce new localised forms of Singaporean Pentecostalism and simultaneously generate new forms of global identification with Pentecostal Christianity.