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[Image] Professor Mary Jo Neitz

Sacred Practices of Everyday Life

09 May 12

9 May - 11 May 2012, University of Edinburgh

Click on the titles in the list below to access podcasts of Religion and Society-supported project and plenary presentations, and download Programme Director Linda Woodhead's plenary address here.

Roadside shrines; divorce parties; tattoos made with ink containing a loved one’s ashes; spiritual retreats; prayer cairns; naming ceremonies; healing rituals; contacts with the dead: however ‘disenchanted’ the world may be, there is plenty of evidence of enchantment and re-enchantment all around. Life and death are still rendered meaningful through ancient and reinvented practices, rituals, beliefs and symbols which attach sacredness and significance to what would otherwise be merely mundane.

The purpose of the conference was to explore new evidence, analysis and theory concerning the sacred practices of everyday life. There was a particular focus on the varied ways in which the life course is being re-enchanted in the 21st century, but also papers looking at other eras and/or larger forms of sacred practice (e.g. civic rituals). It showcased twenty-two projects funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme which had new findings in this area alongside other new research. There were also plenary sessions with David Morgan (Duke), Mary Jo Neitz (Missouri) and Robert Orsi (Northwestern). Download the full programme and book of abstracts at the bottom of this page.

Presentation Podcasts


Associated file:
SPEL Programme & Book of Abstracts.pdf

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