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Commun(icat)ing Bodies

Body as a Medium in Religious Symbol Systems

2014, 428 Seiten, 15.3 x 22.7 cm, Paperback

ISBN 978-3-290-22027-3

CHF 56.00 - EUR 43.20 - EUA 44.50

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As a basic medium of human interaction, the body is fundamental to socio-cultural communication systems, in particular the communication system «religion». Over time, religious traditions – in all their various cultural and historical forms and incarnations – have developed elaborated symbolic systems with the body at their center. This volume proposes to study these systems and the role that body plays in their organization through the perspective of the concept of body as a medium and by drawing on media and communication theory. The papers collected in this volume explore this perspective in relation to different religious traditions, historical periods and theoretical as well as theological themes. They also engage in specific theoretical frameworks in order to discuss the scope and limitations of thinking of the body as a medium in religious symbol systems. Topics covered range from ancient mythology to contemporary Parsi rituals to the boundaries between body and technology.


Anna-Katharina Höpflinger, Dr. sc. rel., Jahrgang 1976, ist Religionswissenschaftlerin an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Stefanie Knauss, Dr. theol., Jahrgang 1976, ist Assistant Professor am Department of Theology and Religious Studies der Villanova University (USA).

Alexander D. Ornella, Dr. theol., Jahrgang 1977, ist Lecturer in Religion an der School of Social Sciences der University of Hull (UK).