P208
The pragmatics of religious transmission: contexts, case studies and theoretical departures

Convenors:
Ruy Blanes ((CSIC) / (INCIPIT))
Vlad Naumescu (Central European University)
Arnaud Halloy (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Discussant:
Vlad Naumescu, Ruy Blanes
Location:
Tower A, Piso 1, Room 103
Start time:
19 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

In this panel we invite our colleagues to explore pragmatic contexts of religious transmission: the complex of communicational and active conditions that affect (through perception, cognition, emotion, interaction and materiality) individuals engaged in religious action.

Long abstract:

The issue of religious transmission and learning has become a thriving topic in the contemporary anthropology of religion. Driven by the creative tension between cognitive and culturalist approaches it prompts interesting debates and exchanges, and the exploration of new methodological and heuristic paths addressing the problem of transmission. In this panel we invite our colleagues to explore pragmatic contexts of religious transmission: the complex of communicational and active conditions that affect (through perception, cognition, emotion, interaction and materiality) individuals engaged in religious action. From this perspective, religious transmission operates through both implicit and explicit regimes. It can take complex and defined forms in ritual contexts, but it can also impregnate various contexts of the quotidian through different dimensions and agencies: discipline, imagination or aesthetics. Taking these as fundamental dimensions of religious transmission, we invite participants to reflect on their articulation in concrete ethnographic cases.