P219
Sacred places

Convenors:
Gábor Barna (University of Szeged)
Marion Bowman (The Open University)
Location:
Tower A, Piso -1, Aud. 2
Start time:
19 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
5

Short abstract:

We pursue the ethnological analysis of the meaning of sacred places, past and present, investigating new as well as traditional sacred places, and places that are regarded by some but not others as sacred. We tackle a wide variety of topics over four sessions broadly headed: 1) Sacred Places of Memory and Memorialisation 2) Sacred Places and Identity 3) Sacred Places and Vernacular Practice 4) Creating and Negotiating Sacred Places with a fifth panel for discussion.

Long abstract:

In our panel we are pursuing the ethnological analysis of the meaning of sacred places, past and present, investigating new as well as traditional sacred places, and places that are regarded by some but not others as sacred. How can historical accounts of sacred places be analyzed with the help of new methods and theories? What or who makes a place sacred? Can we improve our understanding of this process with the help of modern theories of consumerism or media studies? Why does a place become sacred? What emotions are aroused in a sacred place? What roles do sacred places play in personal, local, national and transnational identity formation, and renegotiations of and with the sacred? Over five panel sessions, we are tackling a wide variety topics under four broad headings:1) Sacred Places of Memory and Memorialisation 2) Sacred Places and Identity 3) Sacred Places and Vernacular Practice 4) Creating and Negotiating Sacred Places with a final panel for open discussion of the theme. (Papers 4/4/4/4 and discussion).