Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH)

FS 2012
Schlüsselkonzepte der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften - Ritual


Mittwoch, 23.05.2012, 18:15 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Georgia State University

Öffentlicher Vortrag im Rahmen der Reihe Interdisziplinäre Vorlesungen und Kolloquien zu Schlüsselkonzepten der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften des Doktoratsprogramms Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

Veranstaltende: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies | Graduate School of the Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Georgia State University
Datum: 23.05.2012
Uhrzeit: 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Ort: Raum F021
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich


Ritual has long been associated with violence, usually in the form of sacrifice or bodily disfigurement. However, violence also occurs in representations of ritual, particularly misrepresentations by outside parties. McClymond will examine traditional discussions of ritual violence, and then present an under-represented form of ritual violence, ritual misrepresentation. She will argue that blood libels (misrepresentations that Jews used the blood of innocent victims in their religious rituals) constitute a particularly powerful and malicious form of ritual violence. In this form, ritual is a tool used to characterize a minority group as morally inferior and dangerous. Such misrepresentation involves slippage between actual and purported ritual activity, forcing the misrepresented party on the defensive. Most interestingly, ritual misrepresentation also reveals a great deal about the dominant religious/cultural community, highlighting its own anxieties about the role of the body in constituting religious identity.

Kathryn McClymond

Kathryn McClymond is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University.  She is a comparative historian of religion, with a special emphasis on Vedic and Mishnaic ritual. Her first book, Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice (2009, Georgia Author of the Year Award 2009), argued against prevailing conceptions of sacrifice as a violent, destructive activity.  She is currently working on Ritual Gone Wrong: Case Studies in Ritual Disruption (Oxford University Press), which examines ritual mistakes, sabotage, and disruption and their significance for ritual theory. McClymond is a recipient of the Distinguished Honors Professor Award (2002) and the Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. She is a steering committee member of the American Academy of Religion Comparative Studies in Religion Group.

Kolloquium Ritual

Prof. Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Georgia State University
Prof. Dr. Jens Schlieter, Universität Bern

Datum: 24. Mai 2012
Zeit: 09:15 - 16:30/17:45 Uhr
Ort: Universität Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Raum A017

Jens Schlieter

Jens Schlieter ist seit 2009 ausserordentlicher Professor für systematische Religionswissenschaft an der Universität Bern. Lehr- und Forschungsschwerpunkte sind der indische und tibetischen Buddhismus, Religionstheorie und systematische Religionswissenschaft, Bioethik der Religionen, sowie Religion/Philosophie in komparativer Perspektive. Neuere Veröffentlichungen: Was ist Religion (2010), “Aesthetics of Religion in Switzerland: A Survey of Recent Developments”, in: Material Religion 6.2 (2010); „Ethik des Buddhismus“, in: Ralf Stoecker et al. (Hg.), Handbuch Angewandte Ethik (2011); “Did the Buddha Emerge from a Brahmanic Environment? The Early Buddhist Evaluation of ‘Noble Brahmins’ and the ‘Ideological System’ of Brahmanism”, in: Volkhard Krech, Marion Steinicke (Hg.), Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe. Encounters, Notions, and Comparative Perspectives (2011).