Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual
|Event Date/Time: Sep 29, 2008||End Date/Time: Oct 02, 2008|
|Registration Date: Sep 08, 2008|
|Early Registration Date: Aug 14, 2008|
The SFB 619 regards rituals as vital elements of everyday culture. Therefore, it is in fact the changeability of its rituals that proves a societyâ€™s modernity. The SFB 619 even reveals this dynamic and power of rituals in ancient and medieval sources. The SFB 619â€™s novel approach is oriented towards the performative character of rituals and proves rituals to be most creative and meaning-creating cultural elements, which even adapt to the possibilities of globalization and create new cross-cultural and international values. The SFB 619 is a pioneer in researching online-religions, being one of the first research facility to use the internet as scientific source. The connection between rituals and new media surely is one of the conferenceâ€™s most exciting topics. In 22 themed panels, some of them stretching over several days, more than 270 experts will present their findings and views. New subjects like intercultural transfer of rituals and ritual agency will be discussed and new research approaches such as ritual design, ritual economics and scientific rituals will be introduced. The SFB 619 strives to broaden and deepen its interdisciplinary approach. Disciplines so far not involved in the project â€œRitual Dynamicsâ€ will learn to understand even processes, actions, as well as performative artwork as rituals.
Over 90 scientists from 15 disciplines, from the field of humanities and cultural studies, contribute to the project â€žRitual Dynamicsâ€œ. Founded in 2002, the SFB 619 is the worldâ€™s largest research association exclusively investigating rituals as well as their change and dynamics and, at the same time, one of the largest humanities collaboration research centers in Germany. Already during its founding phase, the UNESCO incorporated the project â€œRitual Dynamicsâ€ into the official contributions to the United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations 2001. The SFB 619 is one of five excellence institutions at Heidelberg University, constituting the cluster of excellence â€œAsia and Europe in a Global Contextâ€.
To point out the social relevance of the science of ritual and to meet the Universityâ€™s educational duty, the SFB 619 proclaimed the year 2008 â€œYear of the Ritualâ€. In this spirit, the conferenceâ€™s supporting program addresses the interested public.