The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate - Peik Ingman

The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate - Peik Ingman

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The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate - Peik Ingman

Peik Ingman [+-]
Åbo Akademi University
Peik Ingman is a PhD candidate in Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis with the working title ‘Sacralization and the Gift: Queer Family Members in Christian Families’. His research combines actor-network theory, philosophy of science and object relations theory.
Terhi Utriainen [+-]
University of Helsinki
Terhi Utriainen is Docent and Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki. Her research and teaching interests include ethnography of lived religion, gender and embodiment, ritual studies, death, dying and suffering. She is co-editor of Post-Secular Society (2012) and Between Ancestors and Angels: Finnish Women Making Religion (2014).
Tuija Hovi [+-]
University of Turku
Tuija Hovi works as University Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. Her teaching areas are methodology in the study of religion and academic writing. Hovi is specialised in qualitative methods such as ethnography and narrative inquiry, and her research interests include contemporary popular religiosity, especially anthropology of Christianity focusing on the global Pentecostal and Charismatic trends accommodated in Finland. Hovi has published articles on these themes in journals and books, and she is the guest editor of the recent special issue “Pentecostalism around the Baltic Sea” of Approaching Religion.
Måns Broo [+-]
Åbo Akademi University
Måns Broo holds a Ph.D. from Åbo Akademi University (Finland), where he works as University Researcher in the Department of Comparative Religion. His publications include critically acclaimed translations of Sanskrit texts into Swedish and Finnish. At present, his research interests focus on yoga, both in its classical and modern forms, as well as on modern Hinduism and ritual studies.

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This volume revisits the concepts of enchantment and sacralization in light of perspectives which challenge the modern notion that man (alone) is the measure of all things. As Bruno Latour has argued, the battle against superstition entailed shifting power away from God/the gods to humans, thereby disqualifying the agency of all the other objects in the world. Might enchantment and sacralization be understood in other ways than through this battle between almighty gods and almighty humans? Might enchantment be understood to involve processes where power and control are not distributed so clearly and definitely? Like social constructionists, Latour emphasizes that things are constructed; yet, like many other new materialists, such as Jane Bennett, Manuel De Landa and Karen Barad, he emphasizes that this construction is not the result of projecting meaning onto a passive and meaningless world, but a matter of compositional achievements, whereby assemblages of actants co-compose each other and frame, enable and delimit one another’s agency. This move recognizes the active and entangled participation of players beyond the humans versus God(s) framework that informed the modernist project. Understanding enchantment and sacralisation as compositionally and relationally constructed does not mean the same as understanding them as constructed by humans alone. What it means is one of the main questions posed in this book. In other words, if enchantment and sacralization are not understood (solely) in terms of projecting anthropocentric meaning onto mute objects, what are some promising alternative approaches – old and new - and what are their implications for how we understand modernity and for method and theory in the study of religion?

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Ingman, Peik; Utriainen, Terhi; Hovi, Tuija; Broo, Måns. Index. The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization - Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 277-281 Dec 2016. ISBN 9781781794753. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32624. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32624. Dec 2016

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