(Dis)Embodiment in Religion and Ethics

It is difficult to think about religions without thinking about corporality and bodies, those of the faithful, their movements in prayer and liturgy, how they are purified, clothed, undressed and decorated according to precise spiritual codes, how bodies enter into the narratives of sacred texts, iconography, ritual representation, processions and pilgrimages, and how they are exhibited or hidden, disciplined or guided by religious dictates. Religion is also about the body, about bodies, about incorporation. But what happens to all this inventory of corporeality in a progressive, rapid and global transformation of human relations under the sign of increasing digitization, which does not eliminate bodies but encodes them in disembodied and transferable patterns? How are religions transformed after the shock of the pandemic, and how are bodies and corporeality reconfigured in digital religion? Moreover, if ethics has always also been the government of bodies in a society, what transformation does the ethics of the body undergo in the age of its digital reproducibility?



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