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Images of religion: landscapes and territories of the sacred

Organization of this edition

Hermes de Sousa Veras

José Luís Abalos Júnior

Submission of papers for this dossier until 05/31/2020 9cee872f66bb

Is it possible to think about religion without images? Although the answer is not necessarily negative, we cannot ignore that the concept of religion has a historical burden linked to the Protestantism studied by Weber, who thinks religion as ascetic, little connected to synesthetics and the senses in its multiple textures. In Christian Brazil, we have on the one hand the Catholic strength, via popular Catholicism, but also ecclesiastical, with the iconography of saints and other Christian figures. On the other hand, on the rise, there are neo-Pentecostalisms producing both television and cinematographic media, as well as sparking their rituals and theogony of images that indicate the presence of Christ in the world and his opposites. In addition to Christianity, the various spiritisms, religions of African origin, indigenous and Afro-Brazilian enchantments, as well as other religiosities and spiritualities come into relationship, producing images that intertwine and clash, in what José Jorge de Carvalho (1999) called "enchanted public space".

This dossier proposes to bring together images of religion, in their most diverse presentations such as photography, drawing, audiovisual productions, sounds, etc. The religious can appear in multiple ways and intertwined with other aspects of life, so we intend to group productions of an ethnographic character whose camera - and other writing devices - are a research tool in the religious field. What is the role that landscapes and territories play in visual (audio) production on religion? Through this provocation, we seek to foster an interdisciplinary approach to approaches to image and religion, in relation to the space where it is practiced, highlighting the images in their particularities and materialities, emphasizing the ability of images “to involve the senses” (Meyer, 2019, p. 123). In this way, this edition of Photochronographs opens space for a reflection on religiosity, visualities, the multiplicity of the sacred, hypermedia and territories.

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