Fall 2012

Conversion and Modernity

Introduction

The notion of ‘conversion’ is commonly taken to denote a specifically religious phenomenon. In its broad definition, however, conversion refers to a ‘turning’ with respect to position, direction, or destination which re-sults in a recasting of basic orientation. ‘Conversion’ can signify a fundamental alteration of character, a change of nature, form, or function, that is to say, a process of turning or being turned towards or even into something else, as in metamorphosis. Conversion can enable an elemental transformation of perspective in both real and metaphorical space.

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