Institut für Religionswissenschaft 
der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

DFG-Projekt

Theorizing Rituals
Classical Topics, Theoretical Approaches, Analytical Concepts, Annotated Bibliography

Edited by Jens Kreinath, Jan Snoek, Michael Stausberg

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
[ca. 5 pp./2.200 words each (= ca. 25 pp.)]

  1. Ritual studies and ritual theory (J. Kreinath/J. Snoek/M. Stausberg)
  2. Theorizing rituals and ritual theories (J. Kreinath/M. Stausberg)
  3. "Ritual": Definition and classification (J. Snoek)
  4. Rituals and other forms of social action (D. Harth)
  5. Conceptual alternatives to "ritual" (D. Handelman)
  6. "Ritual": A survey of related emic concepts (M. Stausberg/N.N.)

PART TWO: CLASSICAL TOPICS REVISITED
[Essays of ca. 10 pp./ca. 4.400 words each (= ca. 60 pp.)]

  1. Myth and ritual (R. Segal)
  2. Ritual and society (U. Rao)
  3. Ritual and psyche (H.B. Boudewijnse)
  4. Structure, process, Form (C. Severi)
  5. Secular and religious rituals (J. Platvoet)
  6. The meaning(lesness) of rituals (A. Michaels)

PART THREE: THEORETICAL APPROACHES
[Essays of ca. 12 pp./ca. 5.300 words each (= ca. 108pp.)]

  1. Action (C. Humphrey & J. Laidlaw)
  2. Aesthetics (R. Williams & J. Boyd)
  3. Cognition (E.T. Lawson)
  4. Communication (G. Thomas)
  5. Ethology (D. Baudy)
  6. Gender (R.C. Morris)
  7. Performance (R. Grimes)
  8. Practice (Chr. Wulf)
  9. Relationality (M. Houseman)
  10. Semiotics (J. Kreinath)

PART FOUR: ANALYTICAL CONCEPTS
[Essays of ca. 7 pp./3.100 words each (= 70 pp.)]

  1. Agency (K.P. Köpping)
  2. Complexity (B. Gladigow)
  3. Efficacy (J.P. Sĝrensen)
  4. Embodiment (C. Bell)
  5. Emotion (D. Lüddeckens)
  6. Framing (D. Handelman)
  7. Participation (E. Schieffelin)
  8. Representation (V. Crapanzano)
  9. Reflexivity (M. Stausberg)
  10. Rhetorics (J.W. Fernandez)

PART FIVE: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND GLOSSARY
[The bibliography will contain ca. 350 items (= ca. 160 pp.)]

  1. Introduction (J. Snoek)
  2. The Bibliography
    • a. Bibliographies/Research Tools/Readers
    • b. Dictionaries/Encyclopaedias
    • c. Literature on Authors and History of Research
    • d. Primary Literature to Ritual Theories (Annotated)
  3. Glossary (F. Jeserich/J. Snoek)