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Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present

Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present

Date: 10-12 February 2014
Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Venues: The University of Adelaide (Public Lecture 10 Feb)
               The National Wine Centre (Collaboratory 11-12 Feb)
               Cnr of Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide.
Contact: katie.barclay@adelaide.edu.au or
               Ph: +61 8 8313 2421

Keynote Speakers:
    Prof. Helen Hills, University of York
    Prof. Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Prof. Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford

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The relationship between emotion, ritual and power has been at the heart of anthropological research for over a century, yet it is only recently that the emotions, rather than the ritual, have moved to the centre of the academic debate. This shift in focus has been motivated both by Renato Rosaldo’s observation that some rituals are designed to manage emotions (such as grief), as much as rituals are designed to create emotion in the participants. Equally, the growth of the field of emotionology has led to greater complexity in the understanding of how emotions work in cultural context. The relationship between ritual and the creation, maintenance and destabilisation of power has not gone unexplored given the centrality of ritual to religious practice and to institutional structures, yet the place emotion plays in the relationship between ritual and power has received less attention, particularly in an historical context. This collaboratory, hosted by CHE Adelaide, will explore the nature of these relationships, seeking to better understand how emotions act within ritual to inform balances of power. We are particularly interested in the ways that rituals and emotions have changed over time, and the ways that rituals, emotions and power have been implicated in processes of change and continuity.

It is intended that the proceedings of this collaboratory will be published as an edited collection.