CFP: In the Context of Change: Approaching Emotions and Objects of Material Culture

XXI IAHR World Congress August 23-29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany – Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present

Panel: In the Context of Change: Approaching Emotions and Objects of Material Culture

Every text and every material object – from architecture to food – is directly or indirectly related to emotions, either being shaped by emotions, aiming to evoke emotions, or stimulating emotional memories. All religious emotions (take fear of polluted and polluting things as an example) are to a great extent constructs of societies and cultures, and as such subject to historical change.

The panel will explore how emotions and material objects are observed, described, evaluated, assigned roles, and used in strategies of persuasion; and how the ‘regime’, appraisal, control, and display of emotions changes depending on context, communication strategies, historical period, and ‘emotional communities’ (lay people, clergy, deities, members of specific traditions, elites etc.). Which material objects (iconography, clothing, religious art etc.) evoke which emotions in whom? Which emotions are encouraged (and at times exalted), and which are discouraged? These and similar questions will be asked all against the background of change.

The convenor invites contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related fields of research (e.g., Indian Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Ethiopian Studies, Islam Studies, Jewish Studies). Each panel paper should be limited to 20 minutes. The abstract should be no more than 150 words. The papers may form the nucleus of a follow-up publication.

The following information are asked for:

Academic Title
First Name
Last Name
Home institution/ City
Title Paper
Abstract max 150 words
Relevant Literature max 3 titles

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2014 to the panel convenor, Barbara Schuler, and afterwards to; Congress thematic area: Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition

Panel convenor: Barbara Schuler, Universität Hamburg,

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