"THE CLASH OF SEMIOTIC IDEOLOGIES AND THE ONTOLOGICAL TURN VIEWED FROM INDONESIAN ISLAM"
Webb Keane, University of Michigan
Part of the Silsila spring 2019 Lecture Series, Replication
How consistent must we be to inhabit something called an “ontology” with one another? This paper draws on cases from contemporary Indonesian Islam involving clashes among people who share fundamental theological predicates yet differ dramatically in how the divine can or should be manifested in the world of material experience.
Webb Keane is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan. A Socio-cultural and linguistic anthropologist, with a strong interest in materiality and religion, he has undertaken fieldwork in Indonesia. His books include Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories (2016), Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (2007), and Signs of Recognition: Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society (1997), as well as the co-edited Sage Handbook of Material Culture (2006).
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