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How the Sound of Religion Has Changed in the Pandemic

Amy Derogatis and Isaac Weiner: The religious sounds and silences being made during this pandemic provide extraordinary examples of the power of listening to understand the diversity of religious practices in the United States today. Prior to the lockdown, we visited sites that might seem obviously religious, like churches, synagogues, and mosques. But we also went to places that might seem ostensibly secular — a race track, rodeo, political rally, or college football game. We adopted a broad approach to thinking about what counts as a religious sound or space. By gathering these recordings together and curating them on a custom-built digital platform, we hoped to inspire new ways of thinking about religion in the United States.

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