Insurgents and Icons

Anna-Karina Hermkens and Eric Venbrux

in Ritual, Media, and Conflict

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735235
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895175 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Insurgents and Icons

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The chapter tracks the appropriation and circulation of two very different kinds of images. First, it examines media depictions of a protest action at Rome’s Trevi Fountain, a tourist destination and pilgrimage site. Then it compares this action to the deployment of images of the Virgin Mary on Bougainville Island in the Pacific. In both cases, images are wielded in protest against oppression. Local actors, appropriating the power of these symbols, mobilize them in local media to mark their positions in war or conflict, thereby constellating divergent sentiments and practices.

Keywords: ritual; media; conflict; Trevi Fountain; the Virgin Mary; Bougainville; protests

Chapter.  12524 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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