The Performativities and Aesthetics of Religion (PAR)

The primary goal of this multi- and interdisciplinary line of research is to study, understand and describe the aesthetic and performative forms, both verbal and nonverbal, through which religion manifests itself and is culturally transmitted. Expressions of religion/religiosity/religious belief produce multiple effects in the individual, bringing about a variety of transformations and inspiring different forms of knowledge, whether intellectual, performative or sensory. Based on this supposition, this research line will analyse the capacity of religion/religiosity/religious belief to stimulate and influence particular cognitive and sensory processes. Our aim is to achieve a concrete understanding of how religion/religiosity/religious belief is transmitted or conveyed through language and by nonverbal means, how these messages are received by the body through the senses and how they it reach or affect religious (and/or nonreligious) actors in different individual and socio-cultural contexts. The aesthetic and performative configurations through which religion/religiosity/religious belief is transmitted and the effects they produce will be examined, on one hand, in relation to their institutionalised ritualistic forms, and, on the other, in regard to their more individual manifestations as they emerge in literary and artistic creations. Focusing mainly on the 20th century and contemporary society, the PAR research line seeks to rethink critically the ambiguous and supposedly confrontational relationship between religion and modernity. In terms of its epistemological framework, the PAR line involves researchers from a wide range of academic fields, including theology, religious studies, literature, culture and art studies, sociology, anthropology and the history of art.

 

Upcoming events
  • (09.-12.11.2019 | Porto) International conference «Hermenêuticas do Religioso e Espaço Literário»: coord. by José Pedro Angélico, Rui Teixeira and Steffen Dix

 

Past Events
  • (08.-09.06.2019 | Porto) Colloquium «“Se acender a luz não morrerei sozinho” - A receção de Daniel Faria, a 20 anos da morte» org. José Pedro Angélico and Rui Teixeirasee more...
  • (10.-12.05.2019 | Lisbon) International colloquium «Persitência da Obra II - Arte e Religião»; org. Tomás Maia (CIEBA) and PauloPires do Vale (CITER) SEE MORE...
  • (22.01.2019 | Lisbon) Open lecture: «Science of Religion and Theology in the Academy - Conflicts and Possible Solutions» by Professor Jens Schlieter (University of Bern) see more...
  • (12.12.2018 | Lisbon) Open debate: «A Literatura enquanto desafio à fé cristã» with Peter Hannenberg, António Feijó and Alexandre Palma see more...
  • (06.12.2018) A capela Cheia de Graça, em Braga, recebe o destaque de capa da revista suecaTrä! (Issue 4, 2018) SEE MORE...
  • (05.12.2018 | Lisbon) Open debate: «Fernando Pessoa - The Mystery of God and Life» with Steffen Dix, José Manuel dos Santos and José Barreto see more...
  • (08.11.2018 | Lisbon) Book launch: Karl-Josef Kuschel «Talvez escute Deus alguns poetas» with Steffen Dix and Teresa Bartolomei see more...
  • (08.11.2018 | Lisbon) Open debate: «Religion in Times of International Crisis» with Amad Karimi, Steffen Dix, Natan Peres and Anselmo Borges see more...
  • (05.11.2018 | Lisbon) Open seminar: «Rethinking humanism on the horizon of multicultural and multireligious identities» with Enzo Pace and Luca Diotallevi see more...
  • (04.10.2018 | Braga) Organ-Concert and book launch: «Restauro Filológico. Órgão Manuel de Sá Couto» see more...
  • (26.06.2018 | Lisbon) Book launch: «Faust - a symbol of modern man?» with Carlos Pitella, José Barrento, Steffen Dix and Jerónimo Pizarro see more...
  • (25.05.2018 | Porto) Open lecture: «Radiação e Fronteira: o estatuto pré-ontológico da Saudade. Aproximação teológica à Filosofia da Saudade em Andrés Torres Queiruga» by José Pedro Angélico
  • (10.05.2018 | Salamanca) IX Jornadas de Cultura Hispano-Portuguesa «Iberismos en la literatura. Utopías, eutopías y distopias»
  • (26.04.2018 | Lisbon) Book launch: «Elogio da Sede» by José Tolentino Mendonça
  • (23.04.2018 | Lisbon) Book launch: «RADIX, MATRIX - Community belonging and the ecclesial form of universalistic communitarism» by Teresa Bartolomei see more...
  • (11.04.2018 | Lisbon) Open lecture: «Rethinking Humanism», with Enzo Bianchi e Massimo Cacciari see more...
  • (22.03.2018 | Lisbon) Open seminar: «Literature as a Field of Observation of Religion» by Prof. Alessandro Rocha see more...
  • (09.02.2018 | Braga) Open seminar: «Rite of Braga»
  • (08.02.2018 | Lisbon) Open lecture: «Religious Studies within theological faculties. Reflections on a multidimensional relationship» by Prof. Karl Baier see more...
  • (24.-25.11.2017 | Lisbon) International conference: «Movement as Immobility: A Conference on Film and Christianity» see more...
  • (06.11.2017 | Lisbon) Conference: «Visões de Deus: Filosofia, Arte e Espiritualidade» with João Maria André, José Tolentino Mendonça and Paulo Pires do Vale see more...
  • (19.10.2017 | Lisbon) Open lecture: «Theology and its Relationship with Religious Studies: boundaries, assimilations, incursions» by Friedrich Wilhelm Graf see more...
  • (19.10.2017 | Lisbon) Round table: «Why Religion?» with Bassam Tibi, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Alfredo Teixeira and Steffen Dix see more...
  • (18.10.2017 | Lisbon) Open lecture: «The politicization of religion of Islam to an Islamism» by Professor Bassam Tibi see more...
  • (30.05.2017 | Lisbon) Open seminar: «The Priest in Contemporary Literature» with Leonor Xavier, João Tordo, Pedro Mexia and José Tolentino Mendonça see more...
  • (25.05.2017 | Lisboa) Open lecture: «Aesthetics of Religion: what it is, and what it is good for» by Prof. Alexandra Grieser