Panel 14. Intersubjectivity in religion (ENG)

Organizers: Tõnno Jonuks (, Mare Kõiva (

Intersubjectivity, which has risen to the middle of religious studies during last decades, has provided fascinating study results (Nelson 1997, Alcoff 2000, Lane 2018). Both theoreticians and practitioners of intersubjectivity methods have concluded that the best results are achieved when lived religion is being investigated, while noticing that the significance of social life is only meaningful when experiencing the world through mutual and embodied practices. This aspect is related to the common belief that every individual shares the same religion and mutual understanding. Many aspects related to intersubjectivity need to be reinvestigated.

This panel looks into the role of the dialogue inside religion while investigating both the author of the text and the recipient, such as the wise man and his target, religious basic conceptions versus scholars, etc. This panel is especially interested in viewing the vernacular aspect of intersubjective relationships and the wider conclusions that can be drawn.


Amy M. Lane (2014). “I Grew Up a Working-Class Evangelical”: Lived Experience, Intersubjectivity, and Ethnography. Social Anthropology , Emotion , Social Psychology , Theology , Sociology

Alcoff, L. M. (2000). Phenomenology, post-structuralism, and feminist theory on the concept of experience. In Fisher, L., Embree, L. (Eds.), Feminist phenomenology (pp. 39-56). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.

Nelson, T. (1997). He made a way out of no way: Religious experience in an African-American congregation. Review of Religious Research, 39, 5-26.