P62
Shifting sacrality and (re)locating the sacred

Convenors:
Marion Bowman (The Open University)
István Povedák (Hungarian Academy of Sciences / University of Szeged)
Location:
Jakobi 2, 114
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel examines complex ways in which 'the sacred' is located and relocated, conceptualised and re-conceptualised in a variety of contemporary European contexts, objects and behaviours, demonstrating different facets of the circulation of ideas and behaviours, objects and assumptions in a globalised environment.

Long abstract:

This panel examines ways in which 'the sacred' is located and relocated, conceptualised and re-conceptualised in a variety of contemporary contexts, objects and behaviours. The panel aims to bring together papers that are based on fieldwork conducted in various parts of Europe and deal with complex issues around assigning/ reassigning sacrality to places, objects and performance; ideas and activities involved in making landscapes and objects sacred; the use of natural phenomena and manufactured artefacts in the expression and assertion of sacrality, and the linking of the local and the global in specific localities. Focussing on the fluidity of ideas, perceptions and behaviours, we aim to explore desacralisation and re-sacralisation; the repositioning of the sacred in the secular, and the impact of the secular upon notions and expressions of the sacred; and complex negotiations between the local and global, past and present.