Ritual Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group provides a unique venue for the interdisciplinary exploration of ritual — broadly understood to include rites, ceremonies, religious and secular performances, and other ritual processes — in their many and varied contexts, and from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. To learn more about this Group, visit our Website at http://www.ritualstudies.org.

Call for Papers: 

The Ritual Studies Group encourages submissions from scholars whose research employs ethnographic and field-based methods in the study of ritual, and from scholars keen to develop theoretical sophistication in the study of ritual. This year, we particularly invite papers on:

• Critiques and developments of the theories of Victor Turner

• Theoretical and methodological contributions to the study of ritual and knowledge

• Ritual and poverty

• Ritual and politics and/or democracy

• New animism and ritual assemblies with the other-than-human (possible cosponsorship with Contemporary Pagan Studies Group and Religion and Ecology Group)

• Ritual and material culture

• Interaction rituals and the organization of social relations (possible cosponsorship with Sociology of Religion Group)

• Discourses on ritual: Classifying and theorizing ritual practice within different religious traditions

• Ritualized aspects of North American culture

• Ritual and mysticism (possible cosponsorship with Mysticism Group)

• Women and religious ritual, ritual construction of gender identity, gender and ritual studies (possible cosponsorship with Women and Religion Section)

• Western esotericism and ritual studies (possible cosponsorship with Western Esotericism Group)

In addition to the listed topics, the Ritual Studies Group is also open to reviewing any proposals that might contribute positively to the academic study of ritual.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
ChairSteering Committee