Sala Paladin, Palazzo Moroni, Padova

June 7, 2012

9.30 Welcome speech by public authorities


Major of Padova – Flavio Zanonato

Cariparo Foundation – Antonio Finotti

Ghanaian Ambassador in Italy – Her Excellency Mrs. Evelyn Anita Stokes-Hayford

University of Padova – Vincenzo Milanesi

University of Bologna – Raffaele Milani



Introduction and presentation of the conference

Enzo Pace and Annalisa Butticci


10.00 Pentecostalism and Global Religiouscapes

Key notes addresses

Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, USA

Paul Freston, Balslillie School of International Affair, Canada


 13.00 Lunch


15.00 The African Pentecostal Diasporas in Italy

Presentation of the research

Enzo Pace and Annalisa Butticci, University of Padova, Italy


Documentary screening

African Pentecostal Churches in Italy

By Annalisa Butticci and Andrew Oghenerukewe Esiebo


Dario Da Re,  Multimedia Center, University of Padova

Matthews Ojo,  Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Oyeronke Olademo, University of Ilorin, Nigeria


19.00 Photographic Exhibition opening

Na God!

Aesthetics of African Charismatic Power

By Andrew Oghenerukewe Esiebo


June 8, 2012 – Sala Paladin, Palazzo Moroni, Padova

9.30 Pentecostalism and the Reshaping of Urban Spaces

Key note address

Sebastien Fath, CNRS, France

Moderator: Raffaele Milani, University of Bologna, Italy


Guido Moretti, University of Bologna, Italy

Paolo Ricca, Waldensian Faculty of Theology in Rome, Italy


Coffee break


11.30 Panel I – Aesthetics of Religion in Global Cities

Chair: Pino Lucà Trombetta, University of Bologna, Italy



Richard Burgess, University of Birmingham, UK

The use of architectural space by Nigerian Pentecostals in Lagos and London:  the case of House on the Rock


Vicki L. Brennan, University of Vermont, USA

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord”: Pentecostal Soundscapes and Public Christianity in Lagos, Nigeria


Danny McCain, University of Jos, Nigeria

Addressing Urban Problems through Kingdom Theology: The “Apostles in the Market Place” Model in Lagos, Nigeria


Marian Burchardt, Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany

Spaces of Belonging, Salvation and Success? Habitations of Pentecostalism and post-apartheid Modernity in South Africa


Andreas Thorn, Örebro University, Sweden

The Pentecostal congregation’s place within the City. The case of Stockholm





 13.00 Lunch


14.45 Panel II – Pentecostal Politics of Power

Chair: Paul Freston



Emanuele Fantini, University of Turin, Italy

Transgression and acquiescence: Pentecostal itineraries in Ethiopian public spaces.


Jiexia Zhai Autry, Institute for Global Engagement and George Mason University, USA

Miracles, Tongues and the Authetification of Faith: How the True Jesus Church Grows in Mainland China and Chinese Diaspora


Naar Mfundisi, University of Birmingham, UK.

“It is our Time to Shine!” Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity and the Re-shaping of the Religious Culture in Lusaka, Zambia


Ibrahim Abraham, University of Bristol, UK

Pentecostal Punk Rock and Post-secular Translation




16.00 Panel III – Pentecostalism and Gender Politics

Chair: Oyeronke Olademo, University of Ilorin, Nigeria



Joy Kooi-Chin Tong, Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

Chinese Charismatic Churches and Female Leadership: A Case Study of Forerunner Christian Church in the US


Katharine L. Wiegele, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA

Reshaping Philippine Civic Spaces:  Forces of Renewal in Politics, Gender and Citizenship


Rotimi Williams Omotoye, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

The History and Challenges of Women Leadership in Pentecostal Churches in Yorubaland, South-western Nigeria


Musa Ahmadu Barnabas Gaiya, Studies, University of Jos, Nigeria

Religion and Authority in A Nigerian Pentecostal Church




9 June – Sala Anziani, palazzo Moroni

9. 30 Panel IV – Pentecostal Politics of Expansion and Competition

Chair: Matthews OJO, Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Nigeria


Paolo Naso, University of Rome, Italy

Pentecostalism and Protestantism: dialogue or competition?


Alberto da Silva Moreira, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás, Brasil

Expansion and diversity of Brasil Pentecostalism


Carmine Napolitano, Pentecostal school of Religious Sciences, Aversa, Italy

The Pentecostal movement in Italy



Special section

10.45 Sala Anziani – Palazzo Moroni


The Nigerian “Religious” Crisis

Musa Gaya

University of Jos – Nigeria


Matthews Ojo

Obafemi Awolowo University – Nigeria


Danny McCain

University of Jos – Nigeria


Moderator: Oyeronke Olademo – University of Ilorin – Nigeria