Beyond Blasphemy or Devotion: Art, the Secular, and Catholicism in Paris

Article written by 2007 DPDF Rethinking Europe: Religion, Ethnicity, Nation Fellow and 2008 IDRF Fellow Elayne M. Oliphant, featured in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Volume 21, No. 2:

In this article I explore the relationship between the secular and ‘cultural’ Catholicism in France through the lens of a contemporary art exhibit displayed at a new project of the French Catholic Church. Visitors’ varied responses to the exhibit, I argue, ultimately reinforced the organizers’ claim that the activities that occur within this ‘non-religious’ space of the French church are self-evident aspects of a broadly recognizable and ‘secular’ French or European culture.

Title
Beyond Blasphemy or Devotion: Art, the Secular, and Catholicism in Paris
Author
Oliphant, Elayne M.
Published
John Wiley & Sons, June 2015
On the web
Citation
Oliphant, Elayne M., "Beyond Blasphemy or Devotion: Art, the Secular, and Catholicism in Paris," in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, ed. (John Wiley & Sons, June 2015), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9655.12210/abstract;jsessionid=BECF022E4F8803FE1A0A88FE98CE05FE.f04t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false, 21, 2, 352-373.