Book at Lunchtime: Iconoclasm as Child's Play

Dr Joseph Moshenska, Prof Lorna Hutson, Prof Alexandra Walsham, Prof Kenneth Gross, Prof Matthew Bevis
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13:00 - 14:00
The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities - Online Event
Live-Streamed Discussion
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Lectures and seminars
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Join us for an online TORCH Book at Lunchtime webinar on Iconoclasm as Child's Play, written by Dr Joseph Moshenska.

Book at Lunchtime is a series of bite-sized book discussions held fortnightly during term-time, with commentators from a range of disciplines.

Live-Streamed Discussion.

The events are free to attend and open to all.

About the book:

Drawing on a range of 16th century artifacts, artworks, and texts, as well as on ancient and modern theories of iconoclasm and of play, Iconoclasm as Child's Play argues that the desire to shape and interpret the playing of children is an important cultural force. Formerly, holy objects may have been handed over with an intent to debase them, but play has a tendency to create new meanings and stories that take on a life of their own.

Joe Moshenska shows that this form of iconoclasm is not only a fascinating phenomenon in its own right; it has the potential to alter our understandings of the threshold between the religious and the secular, the forms and functions of play, and the nature of historical transformation and continuity.