Browsing by Author "Ghosh, Pika"
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- ItemDigital Bibles: Aesthetics, Experience, and Performativity(2018) Brendel, Justin S.; Ghosh, PikaThis project examines the proliferation and use of digital Bibles. To do so, I address the history of Bible text authority, digital text reading experience, the importance of literacy for digital Bible dissemination, digital Bible aesthetics, individualism inherent in navigating mass amounts of information, the redemption expressed through digital Bibles and ‘hip church’ space, and how digital texts are performed in ‘hip churches.’ I focus on characteristics of digital Bibles, specifically the YouVersion Bible App, their effect on reader experience, and their use in a specific sect of technology-embracing Protestant ‘hip churches.’ Through ethnographic research, I situate the most widely used digital Bible in its primary support group.
- ItemThe Fighting Quakers: A New Vision for the Peace Testimony During World War I(2019) Bowen, Christina G.; Ghosh, PikaThe success of the American Quaker response to World War I through the creation of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) facilitated a shift in the Quaker peace testimony from a passive anti-war stance to an active, peace-building, reform-minded, religious duty. The institution of a draft when the United States entered WWI in 1917 had created an immediate crisis for the historically antiwar Society of Friends. In light of these circumstances, the Quakers were forced to reexamine their peace testimony. Under the auspices of the AFSC, the Quakers worked to overcome the tensions remaining from a 19th century schism and sought to negotiate with the government in order to allow conscientious objectors (COs) an alternative to combatant service. The extraordinary access of certain Friends allowed the AFSC to communicate with high-level government officials in pleading their case for alternative service programs. The dangerous conditions of the military camps in which COs were held and intense public support for the war created a great deal of urgency for the AFSC. The American Quakers also had to navigate disunity within their own community in working to preserve their values. The ethos of the AFSC mission was largely formed by prominent Quakers like Rufus M. Jones. His writings on the Inner Light and the peace testimony called for Friends to remain actively engaged in peace-building work. The robust, active obligation to eliminate war was articulated on an institutional level in the postwar period. World War I changed how many Friends defined what it meant to be a Quaker, a development which allowed for the creation of the AFSC and the use of the peace testimony as an active form of advocacy in imbuing its work with meaning relevant to the time.
- ItemWalking in the Footprints of the Past: Embodied Experience at the Jewish Museum Berlin(2022) Stern, Trevor; Ghosh, PikaIn October 2021, I visited the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) while on a research trip. My experience in the museum's belowground section, in a set of hallways known as "axes," made me feel as if I was adopting the identity and emotional state of a Holocaust victim through a bodily interaction with spatial and sensorial stimuli. In particular, I felt connected to my German Jewish ancestors who were forced into exile and killed by the Nazi regime. I use the term "embodiment" for this visceral and poignant phenomenon. Adopting an autoethnographic approach, I highlight my own family history during the Holocaust. This contributes to my narrative of my embodied experience while moving through the various parts of the museum axes. In particular, I discuss the way that various architectural and curatorial choices led to sensory and physical engagement that heightened my sense of embodiment. Through examining various pilgrimages which feature similar embodied elements, I raise questions about the role of physical location in cultivating the experience. Similarly, an analysis of embodiment in the Passover Seder leads to discussion of who can participate in such an encounter at the JMB. I conclude by giving voice to others who discuss the morality of personal engagement with the Holocaust, and the implications of their ideas with regard to my embodied experience.