Rituals from Life to Death: Performance, Arts and Society
Postgraduate Conference on Wednesday 25th June 2014
University of Warwick (Wolfson Research Exchange)
Original ritual artworks by Filippo Biagioli (Tuscany, Italy)
This is a one-day postgraduate conference co-organised between the departments of History of Art and Cultural Policy Studies to explore the theme of ritual. The role of ritual in society has been largely acknowledged as fundamental for the construction and consolidation of identity. In everyday contemporary life, one finds ritualised cultural practices, such as sports and food consumption. This conference will explore their different manifestations and history through a comparative approach. Together we will investigate the emotional effect of ritual on its participants in the past as well as in our own time, and consider its impact on wider audiences. The role of artistic production in connection to ritual will be at the heart of our discussion, examining works of art from their conception to their dissemination and use. This will encompass the relationship between the enactment of ritual and the ritual object.
The final programme of the conference and the abstracts of the papers are available here.
email: ritualpas at gmail dot com