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Religion, Media, and Materiality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religious Authority

Workshop


CERES-Palais, Raum "Ruhrpott" (4.13)

Religious practice necessarily involves the use of media to bridge the gap between immanence and transcendence. Scholarship has been increasingly interested in the relationship between religion and media and how material and immaterial objects become entangled in religious belief-systems and practices. In this respect, the issue of authority emerges as paramount.

The workshop aims at exploring the interplay of authority, religion, and media. It will include scholars from different disciplines –religious studies, media studies, art history, philology – presenting a wide range of case studies from different geographical and historical contexts, focusing both on authority as discussed within specific religious communities and as negotiated between different religious groups. In particular, the workshop assumes a material approach to investigate the following topics: Religion authorizing media, Media authorizing religion, Mediated representations of religion.

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