We are delighted to announce the publication of a new edited volume, “Materiality and the Study of Religion”:
This book began at Socrel’s 2013 Annual Conference in Durham, and the contributors include a number of Socrel members and three keynote speakers (David Morgan and Marion Bowman from 2013, and Manuel Vasquez from 2014). The book is published as part of the Socrel book series “Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective.”
“Material culture has emerged in recent decades as a significant theoretical concern for the study of religion. This book contributes to and evaluates this material turn, presenting thirteen chapters of new empirical research and theoretical reflection from some of the leading international scholars of material religion. Following a model for material analysis proposed in the first chapter by David Morgan, the contributors trace the life cycle of religious materiality through three phases: the production of religious objects, their classification as religious (or non-religious), and their circulation and use in material culture.
The chapters in this volume consider how objects become and cease to be sacred, how materiality can be used to contest access to public space and resources, and how religion is embodied and performed by individuals in their everyday lives. Contributors discuss the significance of the materiality of religion across different religious traditions and diverse geographical regions, paying close attention to gender, age, ethnicity, memory and politics. The volume closes with an afterword by Manuel Vásquez.”
If you would like a flyer about this book (including a 20% discount), please contact Tim or Jo.
Congratulations to our authors, and thank you to everyone who attended the conference!
Tim Hutchings and Joanne McKenzie (Editors)