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Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual

Heidelberg, Germany, September 29 - October 2, 2008

Call for Papers

Aim of the Conference

The Collaborative Research Centre "Ritual Dynamics" (SFB 619
"Ritualdynamik") was set up in 2002 as an interdisciplinary centre to
research the dynamics of ritual. It is the world's largest research centre
dedicated solely to investigating these issues, with over 90 scientists
and researchers working in nineteen sub-projects. Our focus is on the
(re)invention of rituals, transfer and change - which we see as the rule
not the exception. Through questions such as: "Who invents rituals and
why?" "When and why do rituals die?" "How variable are rituals and how do
new media affect old rituals?" new avenues have been opened up, such as
research into inter-cultural ritual transfer, ritual agency, and the
connections between rituals and new media.

To give focus to the enormous potential of this field, the conference will
be structured around themed panels. At present eleven panels are planned,
but we are very open to proposals for additional panels.

For more information:

Submission Guidelines: Call for papers

If you wish to propose a paper please send an abstract of no more than 300
words (the talk itself should last no longer than 20-25 minutes) together
with a one-page curriculum vitae (rtf or Word format) to the chair of the
relevant panel (see webpage). Submissions must be sent by 15 June 2007

Proposals for Panels

If you wish to propose an additional panel please send an outline of no
more than 500 words together with a one-page curriculum vitae (rtf or Word
format) to Dr. Brigitte Merz ( Proposals must be
submitted by 15 June 2007 at the latest.


Submissions and proposals must be sent by 15 June 2007 at the latest. The
decision about which papers and panels will be included will be made by
the executive committee of the SFB 619. Applicants will be informed about
the decision by 31 July 2007.
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