Aesthetic Formations: Media, Religion, and the Senses by Birgit Meyer

By Birgit Meyer

This booklet examines the incorporation of newly obtainable mass media into practices of non secular mediation in numerous settings together with the Pentecostal Church and Islamic events, in addition to using non secular types and picture within the sphere of radio and cinema.

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Of course this is prefigured in Clifford Geertz’ famous distinction between religious “models of the world” and “models for the world” (1973), which is also based on the drive to create the world in the light of the ideal image believers have of it. However, whereas in Geertz’ exposé the transformation of the world is to occur by following a set of norms, in the cases that stand central in this volume, we encounter a strong drive to capture and as it were colonize the world as a space, which is seen as a stage for the final struggle between God and the Devil, and which implicates all domains of society.

Of course, this neglect did by no means imply that this dimension did not actually matter in social life: the point is that it did not capture much scholarly attention. However, the strong interest in the body, the senses, experience and aesthetics in the social and cultural sciences today signals an increasing awareness that the emergence and sustenance of social formations depends on styles that form and bind subjects not only through cognitive imaginations, but also through molding the senses and building bodies.

The point here is that both in the sphere of the production and consumption of films, people mobilize a religiously underpinned ethics of acting, listening (Hirschkind 2001, 2006) and watching (see also Bakker 2007). Many more examples from the research conducted in our research program (and other researchers in the field) could be invoked, but the point should be clear: This volume demonstrates that the accessibility of (new) media offers a strong potential for religious transformations, while at the same time media themselves are subject to religious mediation practices.

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