Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice
Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 8:30 am - Thursday, 3 November 2011, 12:00 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Auditorium
Sponsored by the Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Program in American Studies; Public Humanities Initiative; Department of Religious Studies; Department of History of Art; Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; and the Yale Divinity School. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Yale University.
Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice focuses on sensory cultures of religions as well as the degree to which the senses and sensation lie at the heart of contention over religious objects and spaces. The conference is equally about controversy and about religion’s material engagements of the senses. In addition to these specific topics, this event also invites into public interaction people who might not ordinarily find space to converse with one another on such subjects. Artists, curators, religious practitioners, architects, historians, critics, and theologians number among participants.