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Closing Ceremony of SFB "Ritual Dynamics"

Jun 23, 2013

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) "Ritual Dynamics" concluded eleven years of fundamental research on rituals, their change and dynamics. The closing ceremony took place on June 21 at the Old Auditorium, Heidelberg University.

The ceremony was opened by the Rector of Heidelberg University, Prof. Bernhard Eitel. Subsequently, Prof. Bernd Schneidmüller, Deputy Speaker of the SFB "Ritual Dynamics", the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Prof. Stefan Maul, and Dr. Heike Bock from the German Research Foundation (DFG) gave farewell addresses. In a disputatio, two speeches discussed the key question: Where does the ritual come to an end? First, Prof. Angelos Chaniotis (Princeton) elaborated his thesis "Das Ritual kommt in der Griechischen Religion nicht an sein Ende, denn es deckt jede religiöse Gefühlslage ab, auch die Verinnerlichung, die in anderen Religionen zur Kritik an der Äußerlichkeit des Rituals geführt hat." Prof. Michael Stausberg (Bergen) talked about his thesis "Das Ende von Ritualen wäre das Ende der Menschheit." Both theses were responded by members of the SFB. Finally, Prof. Axel Michaels, Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre and Co-Director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe", gave the closing speech. The ceremony concluded with a musical performance and a farewell reception.

The Collaborative Research Centre 619 "Ritual Dynamics" was founded in 2002 by the German Research Foundation. After the third and final funding period the SFB ends in 2013. More than 140 scholars from 20 different disciplines, mostly from the field of humanities, have investigated rituals as well as their change and dynamics. The SFB is a key partner of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context".


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