Conference | Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 7, 2013

From The University of York:

Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300–1800
The University of York, 21-22 June 2013

sensing-the-sacredKeynote addresses from Chris Woolgar (University of Southampton), Nicky Hallett (University of Sheffield), and Matthew Milner (McGill University)

Religion has always been characterised as much by embodied experience as by abstract theological dispute. From the sounds of the adhān (the Islamic call to prayer), to the smell of incense in the Hindu Pūjā (a ritual offering to the deities), the visual emblem of the cross in the Christian tradition, and the ascetic practices of Theravada Buddhism, sensation is integral to a range of devotional practices. At the same time, the history of many faiths is characterised by an intense suspicion of the senses and the pleasures they offer.

This international, interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the University of York will bring together scholars working on the role played by the senses in the experience and expression of religion and faith in the pre-modern world. The full conference opens on Friday 21st June, but there will be an opportunity to register early on Thursday evening, plus some informal events,
including a Workshop for Postgraduates and a walking tour of
York; see the programme for details.

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