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New book by Christiane Brosius on Ritual Theory

Mar 17, 2011

Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius together with Dr. Karin Polit edited a book about ritual, heritage and identity. It explores the importance of ritual and ritual theory to discourses of authenticity and originality. 

The book titled “Ritual, Heritage and Identity: The Politics of Culture and Performance in a Globalised World”, is the first interdisciplinary attempt to understand the significance of rituals and related performative traditions in the creation of grounded cultural identities, ‘home’ and heritage as geographically experienceable locations. It assembles perspectives from social and cultural anthropology, performance studies, education and arts that can deal with the politics of revitalisation and preservation of ritualised traditions. 'Ritual, Heritage and Identity' recognises ritualised performances as transnational and cross-cultural phenomena, which are tied to and defined via national territories and identities, and demand new theoretical and methodological approaches towards the discussion of rituals and heritage.

The book was published by Routledge India publishing house in March 2011.  

Prof. Dr. Christiane Brosius holds the Chair for Visual and Media Anthropology at the Cluster "Asia and Europe". She coordinates the following projects: B3 Urban Sensories, B4 Transcultural Visuality, B8 Rethinking Gender, B11 New Urban Imaginaries, B18 Beaming Romantic Love, D13 Multi-Centred Modernisms, HRA2 Global Heroes, HRA3 Visual Database Enhancement, HRA6 HyperEvaluation, and HRA9 Satellites of Networks.

Dr. Karin Polit is Research Associate in Anthropology at the Institute for Ethnology, University of Heidelberg.


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