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Jour Fixe: Circulation of Religious Imagery

Dec 12, 2013

The Cluster hosted its first Jour Fixe of the winter term on Thursday, December 12, at the Karl Jaspers Centre. Prof. Birgit Meyer (Utrecht) gave a talk on "Sensational Pictures. Visual Culture, Objects and the Study of Religion".

The guiding idea of this lecture is that pictures are excellent entry points into the politics and aesthetics of religious world making in past and present. Birgit Meyer approaches pictures as sensational forms that are placed in particular traditions of looking, upon which the sensorial engagement between people and pictures is grounded, and through which pictures may (or are deliberately denied to) assume a specific sensuous presence and mediate what remains invisible to the eye. The lecture was chaired by Prof. Christiane Brosius, Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology.

Birgit Meyer is professor for Religious Studies at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Her main research foci are the rise and popularity of global Pentecostalism; religion, popular culture and heritage; religion and media; religion and the public sphere; religious visual culture, the senses and aesthetics.

The Jour Fixe is a regular event of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held two times during each semester. It is organised by the four research areas of the Cluster and its speakers Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (Area A), Prof. Christiane Brosius (Area B), Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Area C), and Prof. Monica Juneja (Area D).


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  • Prof. Brosius introducing Prof. Meyer

  • Prof. Meyer during her talk

  • Jesus poster in Ghana (picture by Birgit Meyer)