Media Theory and the Eucharist - RSA Berlin 2015

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This panel asks what insights media theory offers for our understanding of the traditional and various reformed Eucharists. When John Guillory, writing in "Genesis of the Media Concept," suggests that the "concept of a medium of communication was absent but wanted for the several centuries prior to its appearance" in the nineteenth century, he does not mention or take up the case of the Eucharist, a reproductive technology that both mediates between God and humankind and is a medium operative through time and space. After several decades of productive scholarly attention to eucharistic culture and sacramental poetics, perhaps it is time to turn once again to the Eucharist itself, this time not as a doctrinal delivery device but rather as a communicative technology.

Interdisciplinary approaches and scholarship that crosses the late-medieval/early-modern divide are especially welcome.

Please send 200-300 word abstracts and brief CVs to Christopher Mead ( by Friday, May 23.