global prayers • redemption and liberation in the city is an interdis- ziplinary research project, that investigates new manifestations of the religious in urban space and the influence of urban cultures on the religious. In making use of collaborations between art and science-based researchers, global prayers takes a new approach to exploring the images and sounds, spaces and practices that the religious adopts in the age of globalization. It creates trans-regional networks and advances interdisciplinary approaches. Since May 2010, over 20 academics and artists from more than ten countries have been working on case studies in eight of the world’s metropolises: Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Istanbul, Beirut, Jakarta, Kinshasa, and Berlin. 

The ongoing research process is presented to the public through a number of forums and intervention pieces (see: Events) Scientific and audio-visual research will be complemented by new artistic and documentary works (see: Publications).

The project will run until 2014. It has been made possible through the collaboration of a number of institutions. Initiated in 2009 by academics, curators and artists affiliated with the project agency metroZones e.V., the global prayers project is a joint endeavor of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Europa-Universität Viadrina. global prayers is a project at the Forum Transregionale Studien. The project is coproduced by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut, and the NGBK.

Information Leaflet


Kathrin Wildner: wildner(at), Cornelia Weinberger: weinberger(at)

Press Photos

Church in a former industry hall in Lagos. Photo: S. Bitter/H. Weber
Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos. Photo: S. Bitter/H. Weber

Report on Arte

Sabrina Dittus: Die Stadt, das Gebet und die Kultur. Broadcasted on Arte-Metropolis.