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Approaches to visual culture and religion: Disciplinary trajectories, interdisciplinary connections, and some conditions for further progress


Uehlinger, Christoph (2015). Approaches to visual culture and religion: Disciplinary trajectories, interdisciplinary connections, and some conditions for further progress. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 27(4-5):384-422.

Abstract

Written from the point of view of a historian of religion\s, the article asks why the so-called “visual turn” has not left a major effect on the study of religion\s as an academic discipline and how things could be improved to that effect. It offers a synthetic account of earlier and contemporary involvements of scholars of religion and scholarly networks with images and visual culture, pointing to a general lack of sustained training and little exposure to relevant methodology and theory developed in relevant neighbouring disciplines. The author argues that the study of religion\s would benefit from increased attention to images and visual culture, emphasizing the potential of earlier (iconology in the Warburg-Panofsky tradition and the Groningen trajectory) as well as more recent approaches developed in Europe and the U.S., which theorize the visual in terms of visual culture, visual media, visual and scopic regimes, religious aesthetics and material religion.

Abstract

Written from the point of view of a historian of religion\s, the article asks why the so-called “visual turn” has not left a major effect on the study of religion\s as an academic discipline and how things could be improved to that effect. It offers a synthetic account of earlier and contemporary involvements of scholars of religion and scholarly networks with images and visual culture, pointing to a general lack of sustained training and little exposure to relevant methodology and theory developed in relevant neighbouring disciplines. The author argues that the study of religion\s would benefit from increased attention to images and visual culture, emphasizing the potential of earlier (iconology in the Warburg-Panofsky tradition and the Groningen trajectory) as well as more recent approaches developed in Europe and the U.S., which theorize the visual in terms of visual culture, visual media, visual and scopic regimes, religious aesthetics and material religion.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Religious Studies
08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords:image anthropology, iconology, material religion, religious aesthetics, gaze, visual media, visual culture studies, Visible Religion
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:07 Jan 2016 09:45
Last Modified:21 May 2016 19:17
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:0943-3058
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700682-12341362

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