Reframing Authority - The Role of Media and Materiality - Laura Feldt

Reframing Authority - The Role of Media and Materiality - Laura Feldt

Reframing Authority - The Role of Media and Materiality

Reframing Authority - The Role of Media and Materiality - Laura Feldt

Laura Feldt [+-]
University of Southern Denmark
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Laura Feldt is Associate Professor of the Study of Religions with the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark, head of the research programme ‘Authority, Materiality and Media’, and editor of Numen – International Review of the History of Religions with Gregory D. Alles. She is the author of The Fantastic in Religious Narrative from Exodus to Elisha (2012), editor of Wilderness in Mythology and Religion – Approaching Religious Spatialities, Cosmologies, and Ideas of Wild Nature (2012) and Reframing Authority – The Role of Media and Materiality (2018) with Christian Høgel. Her primary research areas are religion in ancient Mesopotamia, the Hebrew Bible, and ancient Christianity.
Christian Høgel [+-]
University of Southern Denmark
Professor and Co-director of Centre for Medieval Literature, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark

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Authority has been a key topic in many studies of history, society, and literature. Authority suggests an uneven relation of influence, the power to motivate and gain obedience, or an ascribed prestige, recognition, or status. Yet, studies of authority have rarely taken seriously into account the props, paraphernalia and other material media through which authority is upheld, changed, or overthrown. This chapter offers a theoretical introduction to the key concepts of the book - authority, materiality and media – and discusses the theoretical intersections between these concepts which underpin the book’s basic argument that forms of mediation and materiality play key roles in any constitution, contestation, or transformation of authority. We argue that new understandings of authority can be acquired by focusing on the role of materiality and media, as well as on the changing roles of authority historically and cross-culturally. This chapter also offers a presentation of the sections of the book and of the contributions.

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Feldt, Laura; Høgel, Christian. Reframing Authority - The Role of Media and Materiality. Reframing Authority - The Role of Media and Materiality. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-13 Nov 2018. ISBN 9781781796795. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34215. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34215. Nov 2018

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