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Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bodily Fluids and Religion

SS 2020

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Thomas SOJER

Do 16.04.2020–16.07.2020 10:00–12:00  C18-LG 4 | E01

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The sacred is considered perfect and sublime. But with a closer look for example into rituals and cults in Catholic regions, the sacred easily appears as 'sticky', 'dripping' and 'smelly'. In fact, Catholic 'Pop-Culture' throughout the ages loves bodily fluids, whether the blood of numerous stigmatics, the sweat of Christ or miraculous weeping of statues. In light of the critical examination, the multi-faceted performance of bodily fluids reveals itself as a religious and social staging by which emotions, gender issues, body concepts, and power relations are subtly but effectively negotiated. In this seminar, we dive into religious 'curiosity cabinets' on a weekly basis and trace the mostly ignored, partly tabooed tastes of sacred body fluids. The participants acquire basic knowledge in (visual) sociology of religion and cultural studies and develop skills in media analysis by critically examining text, image and film documents. The grading includes active participation, one presentation, and a short thesis. Interested students can inscribe themselves in the moodle room of this course. Password: tearsofjoy

Barbara Baert/James Elkin. 2009. Fluid Flesh: The Body, Religion and the Visual Arts. Leuven University Press. Rob Boddice. 2014. Pain and Emotion in Modern History. Palgrave Macmillan. Susan Broomhall/Andrew Lynch. 2019. The Routledge History of Emotions in Europe: 1100-1700. Routledge. Richard D. Burton. 2004. Holy Tears, Holy Blood: Women, Catholicism, and the Culture of Suffering in France, 1840-1970. Cornell University Press. Caroline Walker Bynum. 2007. Wonderful Blood. Theology and Practice in Late Medieval Northern Germany and Beyond. University of Pennsylvania Press. Georges Didi-Hubermann. 2007. L'image ouverte : Motifs de l'incarnation dans les arts visuels. Gallimard. Marjory E. Lange. 1996. Telling Tears in the English Renaissance (Studies in the History of Christian Thought). Brill. Tomas Macsotay/Cornelis Van Der Haven/Karel Vanhaesebrouck. 2019. The Hurt(Ful) Body: Performing and Beholding Pain, 1600-1800. Manchaster University Press. Joe Nickel. 1993. Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions and Healing Cures. Prometheus.

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