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Forthcoming: 'Handbook of Disaster Ritual' 

In a few months, this book will be published: Martin Hoondert, Paul Post, Mirella Klomp and Marcel Barnard (eds.), Handbook of Disaster Ritual. Multidisciplinary perspectives, cases and themes. Leuven, Paris, Bristol CT: Peeters Publishers (forthcoming).

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. Stay tuned!

Dutch farmers in an ever-growing line of tractors through the streets of Amsterdam on October 1st 2020. Photograph: Mirella Klomp






Ritual of protest: Dutch farmers in an ever-growing line of tractors through the streets of Amsterdam on October 1st 2020. Photograph: (c) Mirella Klomp

List 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 DANHOLT & 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?

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