P05
Aesthetics of conversion

Convenors:
Vibha Joshi (Tuebingen University/University of Oxford)
James Staples (Brunel University)
Location:
CSSS Class Room No.103, First Floor, SSS-II
Start time:
4 April, 2012 at 8:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Paper presenters are invited to consider play surrounding the idea of 'conversion'. What kind of aesthetics accompanies, or is thought to accompany such change?

Long abstract:

Paper presenters are invited to consider play surrounding the idea of 'conversion'. Conversion can be seen as change from one use, function, or purpose to another; change that occurs with adoption of a new religion, faith or belief; or from one practice to another such as the shift from bio-medicine to so-called alternative therapy or healing. What kind of aesthetics accompanies, or is thought to accompany such change? There is a complex here in which aesthetics, materiality and meaning have overlapping significance for people who convert. Within this complex, we can ask: How much does this aesthetic transformation affect self images? How are changing notions of materiality related to conversion? As outlined in the call for panels, what is the place of the aesthetics of conversion in the 'processes of production and contexts of meaning, performance and (re)interpretation' in everyday local settings, in perceptions of the body or in the design of buildings and cloth?