A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders: Zooming in on Monasteries, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders

Zooming in on Monasteries, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcin Jewdokimow, Thomas Quartier, OSB


186 pages | 142 B/W Illus.

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A Visual Approach to the Study of Religious Orders applies visual methods to the exploration of various facets of religious life, such as everyday lived experience, contemporary monastic identity or monastic architecture. Presenting a series of visual essays, it treats images not as simple illustrations but as an autonomous form of expression, capable of unveiling vital and developmental layers of experience, while inviting readers to examine and interpret the data themselves. The first book of its kind, it brings together case studies from various locations across Europe to demonstrate what the use of visual methodologies can contribute to social scientific research on religious orders. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students of sociology, religious studies and theology and anyone with interests in religious orders.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Linking monasteries and religious orders with the visual

Marcin Jewdokimow and Thomas Quartier, OSB

2. Photographing friars: Visualising the history of changing Dutch Augustinian identities

Brian Heffernan

3. Nun with a camera: An insider’s view (the case of a Russian Orthodox monastery)

Kseniya Medvedeva

4. One year in a Dominican convent in Sudetenland: Religious community in a post-atheistic and post-secular situation

Barbora Spalová and Šimon K. Hlavatý

5. Shooting monastic identity: Reflections on photography and spiritual transformation

Thomas Quartier, OSB

6. Monastic architecture as a bridge between ecology and spirituality: A case study of a Benedictine monastery in Clerlande, Belgium

Bernard Sawicki, OSB

7. The lived spirituality of Czech monasteries through architectural materiality

Tereza Sedláčková and Barbora Spalová

8. Outside, inside – monasteries and monasticism in the local environment: Religion, social memory and economy (the case of Cistercian monasteries in Poland)

Marcin Jewdokimow

9. Photo-elicitation: Visual methods and monasteries. A few preliminary considerations and some results

Luigi Gariglio and Stefania Palmisano

About the Editors

Marcin Jewdokimow is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and acting Head of the Department of 20th and 21st Century Culture in the Institute of Classical and Cultural Studies at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. He is author of Klasztor w perspektywie socjologicznej: w poszukiwaniu nowego ujecia [A Monastery in a Sociological Perspective: Seeking for a New Approach] (2018).

Thomas Quartier, OSB teaches ritual and liturgical studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and holds the chair for Monastic Spirituality at KU Leuven, Belgium. The author of numerous books, he is also a postdoctoral research fellow of Titus Brandsma Institute, The Netherlands, Visiting Professor at the Benedictine University Sant’ Anselmo in Rome and a monk of St. Willibrord’s Abbey in Doetinchem, The Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Religion

A platform for the latest scholarly research in the sociology of religion, this series welcomes both theoretical and empirical studies that pay close attention to religion in social context. It publishes work that explores the ways in which religions adapt or react to social change and how spirituality lends meaning to people’s lives and shapes individual, collective and national identities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General