Christoph Uehlinger

Christoph Uehlinger
University of Zurich | UZH · Department of Religious Studies

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Christoph Uehlinger works at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Zurich. His research is concerned with History of Religions/Comparative Religion, particularly Near Eastern traditions (among which the so-called "Abrahamic" traditions; ancient visual and material cultures related to religion; aesthetics of religion; method and theory in the study of religion.

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An attempt to conceptualize ancient Near Eastern and biblical notions of deities/deity not just in terms of anthropomorphism but "sociomorphism", that is, sociability, social relations etc., and "systems" of divine entities as socially structured. The theory is exemplified through analysis of an Old Syrian cylinder seal, followed by some remarks on...
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Contents The wider theoretical issue.-- 'Primary' vs 'secondary' religion?-- 'Locative' vs 'utopian' religion?-- Genealogy: 'ancient' vs 'post-ancient' religion?-- Dichotomies, real-world history and material mediations.-- Questioning premises and assumptions, methodology and theory.-- Material basis, data selection, interpretations.-- Unresolved d...
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O artigo oferece uma visão panorâmica das deusas atestadas no Sul do Levante, que está dentro do horizonte cultural da(s) antiga(s) religião(ões) israelita(s) e judaíta(s). Sua principal premissa é que antigos deuses e deusas refletem funções socialmente significativas, e que eles e elas foram concebidos e concebidas tanto em modelos sociomórficos...
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Bericht über eine Studienreise des Religionswissenschaftlichen Seminars mit zahlreichen Beiträgen von Studierenden.
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Written from the point of view of a historian of religion\s, the article asks why the so-called “visual turn” has not left a major effect on the study of religion\s as an academic discipline and how things could be improved to that effect. It offers a synthetic account of earlier and contemporary involvements of scholars of religion and scholarly n...
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"In GGG wurde erstmals versucht, die bis dahin nur wenig beachteten ikonographischen Quellen Palästinas möglichst umfassend für eine religionsgeschichtliche Entwicklung von der Mittelbronzezeit bis zur Eisenzeit auszuwerten" (WZ). „Götter, Göttinnen und Gottessymbole“ ist seit langem als religionsgeschichtlich-ikonographisches Standardwerk der zwei...
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Written from the point of view of a historian of religion\s, the article asks why the so-called “visual turn” has not left a major effect on the study of religion\s as an academic discipline and how things could be improved to that effect. It offers a synthetic account of earlier and contemporary involvements of scholars of religion and scholarly n...
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How would the author and readers of 2 Kings 2:11-12 have imagined, if not represented, the ascension of Elijah witnessed in a vision by his disciple Elisha? The article first situates the 'phenomenon' in its literary context, thereby establishing its function in the narrative. It then clarifies the semantic referent of Elisha's acclamation rèkèb yi...
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A short paper in conversation with Terje Stordalen's "Locating the Textual Gaze: then and now", Material Religion 8,4 (2012) 521-524.
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This chapter explores the potential use of visual sources, together with the methods employed for studying them, such as iconography or iconology, for the history of 'ancient Israel'. It describes the theoretical and conceptual framework, particularly the notion of 'eyewitnessing', and considers the method, particularly iconography. The chapter als...
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Commentary on the biblical book of Canticles.
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Commentary on the biblical book of Lamntations.
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Prompted by an exhibition of objects mostly from the Ebnoether collection housed at the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, the article discusses various devices to represent and distinguish several types and classes of winged beings of 'supernatural' character in ancient Near Eastern iconography. Illustrating examples are mostly...
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History and present state of the academic study of religions (science of religion) in Switzerland.
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Final report of a research project funded by the Swiss National Research Programme 58 "Religious collectivities, state and society".
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Monumentale Reliefs aus dem Vorderasiatischen Museum zu Berlin, der Skulpturensammlung Dresden und der Archäologischen Sammlung der Universität Zürich werden seit ihrer Entdeckung vor rund 160 Jahren erstmals in einer Ausstellung zusammengeführt.Der assyrische König erscheint in Begleitung schützender Genien und loyaler Höflinge als herausragender...

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Die Sichtbarkeit von Symbolen religiöser Identität wurde in den vergangenen Jahren wiederholt zum Gegenstand öffentlich ausgetragener Konflikte in verschiedenen westeuropäischen Ländern, darunter auch in der Schweiz. Visuelle Symbole religiöser Identität von Individuen und religiösen Gemeinschaften und ihre Wahrnehmung durch ihr gesellschaftliches Umfeld müssen jedoch nicht unweigerlich zu Widerspruch und Konflikten führen, wie unumstrittene Bauvorhaben beispielsweise auf buddhistischer Seite zeigen. Das qualitativ-empirisch arbeitende Forschungsprojekt “Sichtbar gemachte religiöse Identität, Differenzwahrnehmung und Konflikt“ befasst sich mit Kennzeichen religiöser Identität, die im öffentlichen Raum in der Schweiz sichtbar gemacht werden. Im Zentrum des Projektes steht die Frage nach Zusammenhängen zwischen der Darstellung religiöser Zugehörigkeit, der Feststellung kultureller bzw. religiöser Differenz sowie etwaigen Konflikten, die aus solchen Differenzwahrnehmungen bzw. -konstruktionen erwachsen können. Das Projekt umfasst zwei Teilprojekte, von denen sich eines mit Bauten bzw. Bauvorhaben befasst, das andere mit Kleidung.