REVER - The Body in Motion – Spirituality and Transcendence

REVER n.º 1 | 2020

Call open until 15-01-2020

The universe of religions and spiritualities resists to many contemporary representations of the body - the anatomized body or the body-machine, industrialized and medicalized body. The memory of religions is mediated through bodies. They are the transmission and identity media that can express themselves by postures, gestures, disciplinary regimens, sounds, etc. The homo religiosus acts with his body, even when he wants to be free of it. As Pierre Bourdieu observed, what culture represents in a spiritual and immaterial manner (état d'âme) must be understood in its social materiality within the structures (état de corps).

This number of REVER wants to receive studies and essays about the body in motion, in its different dimensions, as an expression of spirituality and a place open to transcendence. This research covers two directions: an understanding of the body in motion in the context of the spiritual and religious experiences; the establishment of spiritual meanings within performative activities and/or physical intensity (dance, sports, among others). In this research, it is assumed the paradigm of the human motricity as the philosopher Manuel Sérgio proposes it: the human motricity as an intentional motion of transcendence (https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Sérgio).

Some of the topics:

  • The ritualized body
  • Ceremonial gesture
  • Body – immanence and transcendence
  • Body, risk, and transcendence
  • Body disciplines in the religious traditions
  • Religion, spirituality and intensive physical activity
  • Walking (trekking) and pilgrimage
  • Religion, spirituality, and dance
  • Body, imagination and new spiritualities
  • Religious interpretations of sports and physical activity
  • Religious and sports heroism
  • Religious, spiritual, and aesthetical meaning of the performative action.

                                  Edited by: Helena Gil da Costa | Katia Mortari