The Touch of Iconoclasm

Pitcher, B. 2018. The Touch of Iconoclasm. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1367549418761794

TitleThe Touch of Iconoclasm
TypeJournal article
AuthorsPitcher, B.
Abstract

This article reflects on some depicted, intentional acts of iconoclasm undertaken by Isis in Northern Iraq, and viewed as online videos. It attempts to consider what makes these moving images compelling to audiences who share an orientation to the protection and preservation of ancient artefacts. In doing so it prompts a reflection on their circulation as part of stories that get told about cultural heritage, and particularly the simple civilizational oppositions that get set up between ‘Western’ and ‘Islamic’ culture. Centring on the significance of the sensation of touch to practices of cultural inscription, it suggests that the Northern Iraq videos animate forms of synaesthesic material engagement that are denied by the modernist technologies of museum culture.

Keywordsiconoclasm, Isis, cultural heritage, touch, postcoloniality
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
ISSN1367-5494
Year2018
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptThe touch of iconoclasm - EJCS accepted version.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1367549418761794
Publication dates
Published online10 Apr 2018

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