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Devotion and Display: Curating Religion in an Age of Diversity

Devotion and Display: Curating Religion in an Age of Diversity
170 St. George Street, room 100
Time: Jan 31st, 9:00 am End: Jan 31st, 3:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), South Asian, Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Indigenous, Diaspora/Transnational, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, African
Event 2 (of 2), a community research workshop


FRIDAY, 31 January, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. • Jackman Humanities Institute, 170 St George Street Want to attend? Email us: rps@utoronto.ca.

An opportunity for museum specialists, teachers, and students and scholars of religion to explore the politics and possibilities of curating in an age of religious diversity.

What happens when museums function as classrooms for the study of religion? As entry points and custodians to a broad array of cultural artifacts, texts, performances, and images from around the world, museums both curate and narrate "religion" for audiences that include the pious and the simply curious alike. Considering the pedagogy of museum curation in conversation with the insights of the academic study of religion, this workshop will bring together museum staff, teachers who make use of museums in their pedagogy, and academic scholars of religion for a discussion of the possibilities, and sometimes the perils, of teaching religion through curation.

We will address such questions as: How do museum curators and designers make decisions about how to present religious traditions as material traditions, and how significant is scholarship on religion to their choices?  How do different religious traditions pose different challenges for the work of curation, including traditions such as South Asian religions, First Nations spirituality, varieties of Christianity, and ancient religions without contemporary living communities of practice? What are the implications of displaying an object that for one audience is an artifact, but for another is an entity worthy of devotion, reverence, and careful ritual attention?

For further information, please contact:

Siri Hansen
Project Coordinator
Religion in the Public Sphere
University of Toronto
Rm. 311, 170 St, George Street, Toronto M5R 2M8
Tel: (416) 978-2615
Part-time: Mon-Thu 9.00am-12.30pm


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