Material Religion

Panel Convenor: S. Brent Plate

Call for Papers:

Objects and media, bodies and senses, books and symbols, spaces and times, all operate together to shape religious worlds. Materiality stands at the heart of religious life. We are interested in papers or panels that explore these dimensions.

In keeping with the conference theme, we are especially interested in topics around "visual ethics," and examinations of visual media that play with the "truth" of things depicted. How do visual media trick the eye? And to what effect? What impact does this have on religious practice and devotion, and ultimately on belief? Welcome too are examinations of any experiences in which the sense organs are manipulated, and in which material mythologies toy with perception.

Please send proposals and abstracts (around 300 words), as well as queries, to Brent Plate, The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018 (response from the panel can be expected towards the end of March or beginning of April). Speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference. If you are submitting to another panel as well, please let us know so that we can liaise with the other strand chairs.