Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Monday, April 25, 2011

SCRIPT Program

Here is the program of SCRIPT's panels in its concurrent meeting with the AAR-EIR in Syracuse on May 6-7. The program for the entire conference is available here.

ICONIC BOOKS (Friday 12:00-1:30)
  • Nancy Menning “Wunderkammern as more than iconic: Watts’s model of scriptures and the Book of Nature”
  • David Dault “The Strange Case of the United 93 Bible: Tragedy, Iconicity, Materiality”
  • James W. Watts “Iconic Electronic Texts, or How Ritual Makes ‘Virtual’ Texts Material”
TEXTS AND IDENTITY (Friday 1:45-3:15)

  • Marcie Middlebrooks “The Inner Spirit and Outer Performance of Korean Buddhist Shinhaeng-dam Stories”
  • Steven Christopher Johnson “Empowering Oppression: LGBT Gaudiya Vaishnava Scriptural Interpretation”
  • Margaret Robinson “Pride, Performance and Praise: Bisexual Anthology as Bible”
TEXT AND COMMUNITY (Friday 3:30-5:00)

  • Chris Duncanson-Hales “RastafarI ‘Q:’ National Geographic “Modern Ethiopia” and “Coronation Day in Addis Ababa””
  • Cecile Marie Wilson “The iconic status of the original manifestos seems confirmed by AMORC’s recent emulation of them.” 
IMAGE AND BOOK (Saturday 8:30-10:30)

  • Karl Ivan Solibakke “The Gospel of the Haunted: Arnold Daghani’s What a Nice World”
  • Glenn Jonathan McCullough “Blake’s Job and the Alchemical Tradition”
  • Judith Oliver “A Multi-Media Performance of the Easter Liturgy In A Nun’s Choirbook from Late Medieval Germany”
  • Jason Neelis “Rebirth Narratives in Gandhāran Buddhist Literary and Material Cultures – Different locative tendencies in early manuscript fragments, art, and pilgrimage accounts”
SCRIPT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (Saturday 10:45-12:15) with Brent Plate, David Dault,
Joanne Waghorne, and James Watts.

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