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Film with Katja Rakow on Pentecostalism

This film introduces Dr. Katja Rakow and her research on Pentecostalism. The Junior Research Group leader examines megachurches and contemporary Christianity in Singapore.

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The Pentecostal Movement started in several places at the beginning of the 20th century. Over the last decades, it has increasingly developed into a global phenomenon that has shown a strong ability to adapt to different cultural contexts. Since the 1980s, a sustained growth of Pentecostal churches in the multi-religious, but secular state of Singapore is observable. In the film, Dr. Rakow talks about how her research developed over the years and what interests her most about studying Pentecostalism. She focuses on Pentecostal megachurches in Singapore, that are part of and shaped by larger transnational networks of Pentecostal and evangelical Christians. At the same time, these growing churches emphasize their national identity and strive towards broadening their influence on the Singaporean society in moral terms. 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 a global identification with Pentecostal Christianity.

Dr. Katja Rakow leads the Junior Research Group "Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism: Pentecostal Christianity between Globalisation and Localised Spheres in Singapore and the Straits" at the Cluster. She received her M.A. in Religious Studies, Anthropology and Sociology from the Free University Berlin in 2003 and her PhD from Heidelberg University in 2010.

The film portrait was produced by the Cluster’s film crew, Christoph Bertolo and Frank Pfeiffer. The film is part of a series initiated by the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius. The idea is to present selected Cluster researchers and their projects. Among others, the ethnomusicologist Franck Bernède, the media practitioner Deepali Gaur Singh and the archaeologist Philipp W. Stockhammer have already been portrayed.

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