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Wednesday, March 6 • 10:45 - 12:45
#6/193 – Memory, Emotion, Body: Variations and Transcriptions of Sacred Heart Devotion

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The trans-disciplinary panel (historical, theological-systematic and sociological) is based on the participants’ research project “Devotion and Memory in the Sacred Heart”.Against the background of a threefold understanding of the relation of religion and memory a first focus lies on the linguistic, iconographic and ritual variations of the Sacred Heart. A long-term perspective on continuities is linked to one on discontinuities and ruptures of codes. In a second step, the Sacred Heart is examined not only as a body in its materiality, but also as lieu de mémoire and embodiment. Different forms of transcription and inscription, in art or literally on bodies (f.ex. tattoos) - are presented in a long-term perspective.A third focus lies in the sensual, spiritual and emotional dimension of Sacred Heart Devotion, intending not least to deconstruct the binary master narrative of ratio vs. emotion. The paper links this discussion to Pope Francis’ call for a “revolution of tenderness”.

  • Franziska Metzger(University of Teacher Education, Switzerland)

  • Franziska Metzger (University of Teacher Education, Switzerland) - Memory of the Sacred Heart. Linguistic, Iconographic and Ritual Variations
  • Elke Pahud de Mortanges (Universität Freiburg) - Body and Embodiment of Passion and Love. Transcriptions and Inscriptions of the Sacred Heart in Devotion and Art
  • Stefan Tertünte (Centro Studi Dehoniani) - A New Chance for the Sacred Heart? - Pope Francis and the Revolution of Tenderness

Language: English


Elke Pahud de Mortanges

Universität Freiburg

Stefan Tertünte

Centro Studi Dehoniani

Franziska Metzger

University of Teacher Education, Switzerland

  • Language English
  • Language English

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