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Sensing Sacred Texts: A special issue of Postscripts

Program cover for a symposium on the theme, "Seeing, Touching, Holding and Tasting Sacred Texts," The main cover image is of a Ceremony in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 2014 copyright: James W. Watts

Program cover for a symposium on the theme, "Seeing, Touching, Holding and Tasting Sacred Texts," The main cover image is of a Ceremony in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 2014 copyright: James W. Watts

August 22, 2017
  

Postscripts has just published a special issue if SCRIPT essays on the topic, “Sensing Sacred Texts.” (The cover date is 2012, but the actual publication date is 2017.) The essays are the product of a two-day symposium on this topic at the Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University Bochum in April, 2016. The contents are:

  1.  “Introduction” James W. Watts (Syracuse University/Ruhr University Bochum)
  2. “What the Book Arts Can Teach Us About Sacred Texts: The Aesthetic Dimension of Scripture” S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
  3. “How the Bible Feels: The Christian Bible as Effective and Affective Object” Dorina Miller Parmenter (Spalding University)
  4. “Engaging all the Senses: On Multi-sensory Stimulation in the Process of Making and Inaugurating a Torah Scroll” Marianne Schleicher (Aarhus University)
  5. “On Instant Scripture and Proximal Texts: Some Insights into the Sensual Materiality of Texts and their Ritual Roles in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond” Christian Frevel (Ruhr University Bochum)
  6. “Touching Books, Touching Art: Tactile Dimensions of Sacred Books in the Medieval West” David Ganz (University of Zürich)
  7. “Infusions and Fumigations: Literacy Ideologies and Therapeutic Aspects of the Quran” Katharina Wilkens (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)
  8. “Seeing, Touching, Holding, and Swallowing Tibetan Buddhist Texts” Cathy Cantwell (Oxford University/Ruhr University Bochum)
  9. “Neo-Confucian Sensory Readings of Scriptures: the Reading Methods of Chu Hsi and Yi Hwang” Yohan Yoo (Seoul National University)
  10. “Scripture’s Indexical Touch” James W. Watts (Syracuse University/Ruhr University Bochum)

Equinox is set to publish this collection as a free-standing volume in a few months.