Aesthetics of religion: a connective concept

This volume is the first English language presentation of the innovative approaches developed in the aesthetics of religion. The chapters present diverse material and detailed analysis on descriptive, methodological and theoretical concepts that together explore the potential of an aesthetic approac...

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Published in:Religion and reason
Contributors: Grieser, Alexandra 1965- (Editor); Johnston, Jay (Editor)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Berlin Boston De Gruyter [2017]
In:Religion and reason
Enclosed titles:Frontmatter -- ; Foreword -- ; Table of Contents -- ; What is an Aesthetics of Religion? From the Senses to Meaning—and Back Again  (Grieser, Alexandra / Johnston, Jay --)
List of Figures -- ; PART I. Fields and Topics -- ; Grasping the Formless in Stones: The Petromorphic Gods of the Hindu Pañcāyatanapūjā  (Aktor, Mikael --)
Religion, Literature, and the Aesthetics of Expressionism  (Hamilton, John T. / Renger, Almut-Barbara --)
Screening the Father of Lights: Documentary Film and the Aesthetics of the Nonfictional in Contemporary Religion  (Hermann, Adrian --)
The Literary Aesthetics of Religious Narratives: Probing Literary-Aesthetic Form, Emotion, and Sensory Effects in Exodus 7–11  (Feldt, Laura --)
PART II. History and Politics -- ; Below the Horizon of Meaning: Figuration, Disfiguration, Transfiguration  (Largier, Niklaus --)
The Performative Knowledge of Ecstasy: Jane E. Harrison’s (1850–1928) Early Contestations of the Textual Paradigm in Religious Studies  (Brunotte, Ulrike --)
What Does a Reformed City Look Like? – Changes in Visible Religion During the Reformation in Bremen  (Auffarth, Christoph --)
Standing, Not Walking – The Hieratic as a Key Term of an Anthropologically Based Aesthetics of Religion  (Mohr, Hubert --)
PART III. Comparison and Transfer -- ; Blue Brains: Aesthetic Ideologies and the Formation of Knowledge Between Religion and Science  (Grieser, Alexandra --)
Aesthetic Dimensions and Transformative Dynamics of Mimetic Acts: The Veneration of Habib-i Neccar Among Muslims and Christians in Antakya, Turkey  (Kreinath, Jens --)
Aestheticisation and the Production of (Religious) Space in Chennai  (Svašek, Maruška --)
Moving Religion by Sound: On the Effectiveness of the Nāda-Brahman in India and Modern Europe  (Wilke, Annette --)
PART IV. Concepts and Theories -- ; Esoteric Aesthetics: The Spiritual Matter of Intersubjective Encounter  (Johnston, Jay --)
Aesthetics of Immersion: Collective Effervescence, Bodily Synchronisation and the Sensory Navigation of the Sacred  (Schüler, Sebastian --)
The Governance of Aesthetic Subjects Through Body Knowledge and Affect Economies. A Cognitive-Aesthetic Approach  (Koch, Anne --)
Religion in the Flesh: Non-Reductive Materialism and the Ecological Aesthetics of Religion  (Vásquez, Manuel A. --)
PART V. In Conversation: Essays About the Connectivity of an Aesthetics of Religion -- ; Subjects and Sense-Making  (Cummins, Fred --)
Consumer Culture and the Sensory Remodelling of Religion  (Gauthier, François --)
Social Aesthetics, Atmosphere and Proprioception  (Heidemann, Frank --)
Semiotics and Aesthetics: Historical and Structural Connections  (Yelle, Robert --)
The Artificiality of Aesthetics: Making Connections on the Erie Canal  (Plate, S. Brent --)
Authors Biographies -- ; Index
Volumes / Articles:Show volumes/articles.
Series/Journal:Religion and reason Band 58
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Esthetics of religion
Further subjects:B Conference program 2013 Groningen
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Summary:This volume is the first English language presentation of the innovative approaches developed in the aesthetics of religion. The chapters present diverse material and detailed analysis on descriptive, methodological and theoretical concepts that together explore the potential of an aesthetic approach for investigating religion as a sensory and mediated practice. In dialogue with, yet different from, other major movements in the field (material culture, anthropology of the senses, for instance), it is the specific intent of this approach to create a framework for understanding the interplay between sensory, cognitive and socio-cultural aspects of world-construction. The volume demonstrates that aesthetics, as a theory of sensory knowledge, offers an elaborate repertoire of concepts that can help to understand religious traditions. These approaches take into account contemporary developments in scientific theories of perception, neuro-aesthetics and cultural studies, highlighting the socio-cultural and political context informing how humans perceive themselves and the world around them. Developing since the 1990s, the aesthetic approach has responded to debates in the study of religion, in particular striving to overcome biased categories that confined religion either to texts and abstract beliefs, or to an indisputable sui generis mode of experience. This volume documents what has been achieved to date, its significance for the study of religion and for interdisciplinary scholarship.
Format:Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
ISBN:3110461013
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1515/9783110461015