The Department of Comparative Religion, in cooperation with the research project VISIONIS, is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Valerie Gonzalez (Research Associate SOAS, university of London)
"Divine Logocentrism as the Founding Concept of Islamic Visual Expression"
21.03.2022 | 10:30-12:00
Room 2203 | Humanities
In Islam, logocentrism is a divine given materialised in the Qur’an. This lecture deals with this concept as the shaper of a particular Islamic mode of visual thinking, and of what Martin Jay aptly calls 'cultural optics' . It will be demonstrated how this absolute logocentric metaphysics has driven Islamic visual expression in unprecedented aesthetic directions through a redistribution of the role of representation and discourse in the material forms. A new approach to Islamic visual culture will be thereby proposed.