Events and exhibits in which SCRIPT
members present society-related work:
- SCRIPT Panel at the AAR/SBL in
San Antonio, Texas, on "The Bicentennial of
the American Bible Society: John Fea's The Bible
Clause and Currents in US History,"
November 19, 2016:
- Presiding: S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College)
- David Morgan (Duke U)
- Laurie Maffly-Kipp (Washington U)
- Julius Bailey (Redlands U)
- Respondant: John Fea (Messiah College)
- Workshop: “Miniature Books:
Production, Print, and Practice” at Linnaeus
University in Växjö, Sweden, October 5, 2016.
- "Ritualizing the Size of
Books," by Prof. James W. Watts, Syracuse University
- "Small Books for Little Minds:
Missionaries, Education, and the Pocket-sized Book
in 19th century India," by Prof. Ulrike Stark,
University of Chicago
- "Diminutive Divination: An
"Extra-Qur’anic” Use of a Miniature Qur’an in the
Safavid Period," by Dr. Heather Coffey, OCAD
- "Small Things of Greatest
Consequence: An Introduction to Miniature Bibles in
America," by Dr. Dorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding
- "Miniature Books in Jewish
Religion: On the Function of Compressing Religious
Texts," by Dr. Marianne Schleicher, Aarhus
- "Religion in the Trenches:
Miniature Scriptures for Muslim and Sikh Soldiers in
WWI," by Dr. Kristina Myrvold & Dr. Andreas
Johansson, Linnaeus University
Symposium on Seeing, Touching, Holding and Tasting
Sacred Texts at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg on
Dynamics in the History of Religions at the Center for
Religious Studies at Ruhr University in Bochum,
Germany, April 7-8, 2016:
- “Scripture’s Iconic Touch” by James W. Watts
(Syracuse University/Ruhr University Bochum)
- “Physiological Engagements with a Scriptural Guru:
Ritualized Transactions between the Sikhs and Guru
Granth Sahib” by Kristina Myrvold (Lineaus University)
- “Infusions and Fumigations: Therapeutic Aspects of
the Quran” by Katharina Wilkens (Ludwig Maximilians
- “On Instant Scripture, Swallowing Scrolls and
Proximal Texts: Some Insights into the Sensual
Materiality of Texts and their Rituality in the Hebrew
Bible and Beyond” by Christian Frevel (Ruhr University
- “Engaging all the Senses: On the Function of
Multi-sensory Uses of Scripture in Jewish Religion”
Marianne Schleicher (Aarhus University)
- “Seeing, Touching, Holding, and Swallowing Tibetan
Buddhist Texts” by Cathy Cantwell (Oxford
University/Ruhr University Bochum)
- “Affect Theory and Iconic Books” by Dorina Miller
Parmenter (Spalding University)
- “The Veneration of the Script and the Cult of the
Book: Reflections on what Happened between the
Scholarly Realms of Early China and Early Medieval
China” by Licia di Giacinto (Ruhr University Bochum)
- “Neo-Confucian Sensory Readings of Scriptures” by
Yohan Yoo (Seoul National University)
- “‘My living books, my wisdom, my knowledge’: Mani’s
Revelation and Manichaean Religious Literacy” by
Eduard Iricinschi (Ruhr University Bochum/ Friedrich
Alexander University Erlangen)
- “Noli me tangere? The Evidence of Physical
Contact on Western Gospel Books” by David Ganz
(University of Zürich)
- “Sensing Scripture: What Artists’ Books Can Teach Us
About Sacred Texts, and Vice Versa” by S. Brent Plate
SCRIPT panel on "Sensing Books, Sensing Scriptures"
at the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings in Atlanta,November 23,
- Dorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding University,
- Natalia Suit, University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, "How Printing Created Manuscripts: Aesthetic and
Historical Approaches to Quranic Manuscripts"
- Anne Clark, University of Vermont, "Sensing
Scripture in a Medieval Illustrated Prayer Book"
- Yohan Yoo, Seoul National University, "Sensory
Readings of Classics: A Neo-Confucian Form of
- Richard Newton, Elizabethtown College, "Sculpting
“Source-Places:” Alex Haley “Wroughts” a Scripture"
- Steve A. Wiggins, Independent Scholar, "Sensing the
Bible in the TV Series, Sleepy Hollow"
“Devotion to and with Books”: SCRIPT panels at the EIR
regional meeting of the AAR in Montreal, May
- Rachel Fell McDermott (Barnard/Columbia) “What
Happens When Love is Transposed: The Story of a South
Asian Devotional Poetry Genre that was Birthed, Once”
- Dai Newman (Syracuse) “The Family: A Proclamation in
Three Dimensions: Contemporary LDS Scripturalization”
- James Watts (Syracuse) “Book Aniconism in Christian
Tradition and Ritual Practice”
- Michael Como (Columbia) “Buddhist Sutras: Desires
- Urmila Mohan (London) “Preformed or Performed?
Embroidery as Devotion in ISKCON”
- Discussion: “Devotion to and with Books”
- SCRIPT's concurrent panel and annual
meeting at the AAR/SBL in San Diego, CA, November 22-25,
Theme: Manipulating Bibles Ritually and Mythically
- Dorina Miller Parmenter (Spalding University),
"Saved by the Book: Exploring the Christian Bible as
Effective and Affective Object"
- Edwin K. Broadhead (Berea College), "An
Abolitionist's Cut Bible: Icon, Myth, and Metaphor"
- David Dault (Chicago) "Even Better Than the Real
Thing: The KJV as Icon for British Israelism"
- SCRIPT Annual Business Meeting
papers on three SCRIPT panels at the SHARP
annual meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, September 18-20,
- SCRIPT's concurrent panel with the EIR
of the AAR in Syracuse, May 3, 2014:
- James W. Watts, Syracuse University,
"Iconic Scriptures from Decalogue to Bible"
- Song-Chong Lee, The University of
Findlay, "Turning the Dharma Wheel for the Soul"
- Deirdre C. Stam, Gladys Krieble
Delmas Foundation, "Print and Togetherness in the
19th-century Utopian Oneida Community in Upstate New
- SCRIPT's concurrent panel with the
AAR-SBL in Baltimore, November 23,
2013, on “Teaching Texts: Engaging Iconic and
Performative Dimensions of Scripture in the Classroom”:
- James Watts, Syracuse University, "Introduction"
- Yohan Yoo, Seoul National University, "Heuristic
Scripture: Grasping the Significance of Scripture in
the Life of Adherents"
- Song-Chong Lee, University of Findlay, "Mapping the
- Jason Larson, Hotchkiss School, "Scripting Icons"
- Dorina Miller Parmenter, Spalding University,
"Materiality and Orality of the Gospels"
- Sarah Schwarz, McGraw Center, Princeton University,
"Students as Scribes"
- David Dault, Christian Brothers University,
"Forensic Material Scriptural Analysis"
- S. Brent Plate, Hamilton College, Respondent
- Panel on "Belief, Disbelief and
Conviction" at the Annual Conference of the Austrian
Studies Association in Waterloo, ON, on May 3, 2013:
- James W. Watts, "Ritualizing
Books in Three Dimensions"
- Peter Gilgen, "Writing the
Folds of Time: Oswald Egger, Saint Augustine,
- Karl Solibakke, "Meta-Scripts:
Texts, Textures and Contexts in the Works of
- Panel on "Publishing and Protection:
The Material Reality of the Bible" in the Religion,
Culture, and the Arts Section of the SECSOR in
Greenville, SC on March 15-17, 2013:
- Dorina Miller Parmenter,
"Dangers, Toils, and Snares: The Materialization of
the Saving Grace of the Bible"
- David Dault, "’Battlezone’
Bibles and Bulletproof Covers: The Material Rhetoric
of Armor Plating in Contemporary Bible Production"
For more summaries and links to
exhibits and events, see
the newsletter of the Institute for Signifying