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Project: Images as Socio-Religious Practices

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This project of the International Exchange on Media and Religion focuses on images as cultural products that enable a wide range of practices within or in interaction with religious symbol systems. We will begin with a critical discussion of selected theoretical frameworks that allow an analysis of (audio)visual media as social practices related to religious representation, beliefs and communities. We will post further details online.

Program Workshop

Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento/IT, 28-30 August 2014

Tuesday 28 Afternoon, From London to Trento: ‘imaginary’ and ‘practices’

14.30: Welcome and introduction
Davide Zordan

15.00: The book project Religion in Cultural Imaginaries
Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati

15.30: Why do practices need images?
Paolo Costa

17.00: Discussion

Friday 29 Morning, The new project: theoretical issues and perspectives

9.00: Practices of visualization of the body. Some theoretical reflections on the iteration of images in the public space
Baldassare Scolari

10.00: Introduction and discussion of the shared bibliography:
Natalie Fritz presents Hans Belting’s ‘Introduction’ in Likeness and Presence (1990)

Léa Burger presents Mieke Bal’s Visual Essentialism and the Object of Visual Culture (2003)

Davide Zordan presents Robert Orsi’s When 2+2=5 (2007)

Friday 29 Afternoon, Four case studies

14.30: Perception of death: Swiss ossuaries and religious practice
Anna-Katharina Höpflinger and Peter Eschbacher

15.15: Instructions for a happy and successful life: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in the commercial series I am a Mormon
Marie-Therese Maeder

16.00: Bodies, images, technologies. (Religious) images and symbols as lived practice
Alexander Darius Ornella

16.45: Charisma and the aesthetics of the foreign in Medieval and Early Modern Christian Art
Alberto Saviello

Saturday 30 Morning, Agenda and Project planning

9.00: Final discussion

How to deal with our new topic: project perspectives, possible cases studies and the coverage of the subject matter, future steps, possible publication, etc. …

12.00: Conclusion