Beyond the Return of Religion: Art and the Postsecular explores the conceptual potential of the postsecular for investigations of (late) modern art and religion. Indicating a public co-existence and merging of religion and the secular, the postsecular is approached as an alternative to the return of religion narrative. Rather than framing artistic concerns with religion as a recurrence after temporary absence, Lieke Wijnia shows how the postsecular allows for seeing the interaction between art and religion as an enduring, albeit transforming relationship of mutual nature. Whereas secularization theories are intrinsically connected to modernity, the postsecular requires a pluralized perspective, covering the processes of secularization, diversification, and spiritualization. The postsecular reinforces the interconnectedness of these processes, which are, in turn, embodied in the concept’s interdisciplinary nature. While this book predominantly focuses on visual art and its institutional context of the museum, the postsecular has interdisciplinary relevance for broader artistic and academic disciplines.
Lieke Wijnia, Ph.D. (Tilburg University, 2016) is curator of modern and contemporary collections at Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her research on the sacred in the arts has won awards of the Teylers Theological Society (2018) and Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park (2018).
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Students and scholars interested in the position of religion in the production, institutionalization and reception of modern and contemporary art and readers with keen interests in theorization in the study of religion.