Book presentation: Handbook of Disaster Ritual

1 December 2021 16:30 - 17:30

What disaster and crisis rituals are there? Experts bundled their knowledge in the Handbook of Disaster Ritual. The book will be presented during an online presentation on December 1, 2021. In two online sessions, editors and authors will take a closer look at the book project and various contributions.

About the book

Offering first-class contributions, written by experts in ritual from all over the globe, the handbook is a comprehensive guide on disaster and crisis ritual, covering general perspectives, case studies and selected themes. The book will appear as volume 32 in IRiLiS' book series Liturgia Condenda, which offers an international forum for innovative research in the field of ritual and liturgical studies.

  • Look at the table of contents

    • Introduction
      • Paul Post: Introduction. Some conceptual and historiographical explorations on ritual and disaster
    • Part I – General perspectives
      • Georg Frerks & Dorothea Hilhorst: Disaster studies. Perspectives between nature and ritual
      • Sanem Yazicioglu: Event, contingency and unexpectedness in social philosophy
      • Antony Pemberton: A victimology of corona. The disaster of our times
      • Joanna Wojtkowiak: Grief, trauma and meaning making after disaster
      • Douglas Davies: Death studies and disaster. Ritualizing and numbering numbing realities
      • Rami Isaac & Merel Sijm: Restoring a negative destination image. The case of Palestine
      • Erik Borgman: Groaning inwardly while waiting for the redemption of our bodies. toward a theology of trauma
    • Part II – Case studies
      • Yu Fukuda: Coping with suffering in a memorial ceremony after the 2011 tsunami in Japan
      • Andrew J. Strathern & Pamela J. Stewart: The pacific islands. Encounters with disaster and ritualized responses
      • Ken Foote & Tang Yong: The great Wenchuan earthquake of 2008. Dark tourism, seismic memorials and disaster rituals
      • Albertina Nugteren, Hans Hadders & Rojisha Poudel: Ke garne? (What can one do?). An exploration of how people ‘on the ground’ perceived the incomplete improvised mortuary rituals at Pashupatinath after the earthquake in Nepal, 2015
      • Brigitte Benz: German central commemoration of the Germanwings air crash 2015
      • Herman L. Beck: When paradise became hell. The 2002 Bali bombings and their post-disaster ritual practices and repertoires
      • Birgit Pfeifer & André Mulder: School shootings and rituals. The case of Parkland, Florida in 2018
      • Lars Johan Danbolt & Hans Stifoss-Hanssen: Ritualizing after the terror attacks in Norway, 22 July 2011
      • Paul Post: ‘Refugee ritual’. Ritual practices in connection with the Mediterranean refugee crisis
      • Siri Driessen: Walking the marš mira. War, tourism and ritual practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina
      • Celestin Nsengimana: Genocide commemoration in Rwanda. Remembrance of the dead and the performance of missed funeral rituals
      • Rima Nasrallah: The Armenian genocide commemoration. A dynamic demand of memory
      • Martin Hoondert & Sam van Alebeek: Blood brothers. The Armenian genocide commemorated in art projects
      • Walter van Beek & Jan-Bart Gewald: The glory of disaster. The herero flag marches
      • Marcel Barnard & Cas Wepener: Commemorating the struggle against colonialism in Freedom Park, Pretoria
      • David Clarke: Making a space for ritual. Regime loyalists after the end of the German democratic republic
      • Heleen Zorgdrager: #metoo as a ritual response to the slow-moving disaster of sexual violence
      • Mirella Klomp & Marcel Barnard: The global food crisis
      • Ernst M. Conradie: How could baptism cleanse us with polluted water?
      • Sébastien P. Boret & Yu Fukuda; David Clarke; Albertina Nugeteren; Palema J. Sterwart & Andrew Strathern; Cas Wepener; Joanna Wojtkowiak; Hans Stifoss-Hanse & Lars Johan Danbolt: Ritualizing the COVID-19 pandemic. Global impressions
    • Part III – Selected themes
      • Tom Bentley: State apology. The simultaneously hegemonic and brittle ritual
      • Paul Post: Relics. The ritual role of traces and remnants
      • Kees de Groot: Disaster theater. Play when things go awry
      • Albertina Nugteren: Shocked in more ways than one. Media (re)presentation of improvised funerary activities after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal
      • Paul Post: E-rituals in the corona context
      • Larissa Hjorth & Kathleen M. Cumiskey: The mobile witness. Mobile media affective witnessing during disasters
      • Suzanne van der Beek: ‘You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change!’ Children and disaster rituals

About the programme

The programme will run from 16.30 to 17.30. Editor Paul Post will start by elaborating on the book project. After that, Georg Frerks, Rima Nasrallah and Tom Bentley will present their chapters. Subsequently, Amad M'Charek, professor Anthropology of Science at the department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam,  and Kerstin Menzel, research fellow at the Institute for Practical Theology at the University of Leipzig, will explain how the handbook is useful in their anthropological resp. theological studies on the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There is also a non-academic morning session (10.00-11.00 uur) of this book presentation.



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