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James W. Watts and Yohan Yoo (eds.). Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings.

The volume, edited by James W. Watts and Yohan Hoo, is a thought-provoking addition to our discipline as it expands the study on sacred texts by looking at them attaining the status of bodies, as well as body practices that merge with the materiality and immateriality of texts. Watts is a professor of religion who has focused on the rituals that surround scriptures. Many of the chapters are grounded on the three dimensions of sacred texts proposed by Watts himself: semantic, expressive or performative, and iconic. The first one refers to textual interpretation; the second to how a text gets materialized through the body by being read, memorized, sung or acted; while the last one refers to the material form and visual appearance of a text. 

Job Opportunity: Professorship in Media Change with a focus on Book Culture and Digital Publications, Leipzig University

The professorship researches and teaches at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies on the transformation of the book as a medium and comparable writing and reading media in the digital age. The focus is on the cultural and economic significance of the book in conjunction with other media of social communication as well as innovations in production, design and distribution and change in reception and appropriation (e.g. open access, participatory forms of production, digital literacy) from a communication and media studies perspective.