Visual Narratives of Faith: Religion, Ritual and Identity

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 13 (Juridicum)
WG03 Visual Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Drawing on the work of Geertz (1973) on ritual behaviour and Claude Lévi-Strauss (1966) on ritual bricolage, this session invites papers that will discuss the use of the visual in researching rituals, faith narratives and faith-based identities. It welcomes papers that engage with themes such as: 

  • The role of ritual objects and material culture in constructing meaning and (re)creating faith rituals
  • The potential of ritual bricolage to (re)create and/or disrupt rituals, faith narratives and faith-based identities
  • Faith rituals as (temporary) assemblage(s)
  • The queering of faith rituals

Panellists are strongly encouraged to use film, photographs, drawings, artefacts, bricolage, assemblages and academic critique to discuss how visual narratives intervene with, disrupt, and make audible, faith-based identities.

Session Organizer:
Maureen MICHAEL, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Gabry VANDERVEEN, Erasmus University/ Recht op Beeld, Netherlands
Maureen MICHAEL, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Reconstructing Rituals: Using Bricolage to (Re)Negotiate Faith Based Rituals with the Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer and Intersex Community
Elisabeth-Jane MILNE, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Margaret GREENFIELDS, Bucks New University, United Kingdom; Shaan Rathgeber KNAN, Liberal Judaism, United Kingdom; Searle KOCHBERG, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Hajj and Distinction in Iran
Seddigheh MIRZAMOSTAFA, University of Mazandaran, Iran
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