Call for Papers Jubilee Edition Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies

16 November 2021

To celebrate the thirty-year anniversary of the Institute for Ritual and Liturgical Studies in 2022, there will be a jubilee edition of the Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies on the topic of Ritual Techniques: New Openings in Ritual and Liturgical Studies. Contrary to our regular edition, the jubilee edition will appear in print! We invite you to contribute an article to this special jubilee edition. Deadline is 1 April.

Ritual Techniques: New Openings in Ritual and Liturgical Studies 

In this jubilee edition, we aim to sketch new directions in the study of contemporary and historical ritual and liturgy. We will explore how to think about what rituals do, what they make possible, and how. So, instead of probing what rituals mean, or their significance in a secular or post-secular society, we ask ourselves how rituals can be fruitfully explored as Ritual Techniques. How can rituals be fruitfully explored as techniques, i.e., operational processes involving work with things and symbols which entail both “know-how” and “know-that”? Practices-with-things both regularize and habituate the body’s movements, on the one hand, and can provide a basis for new spaces for perception, communication, and cognition on the other.[1] 

We invite scholars working across disciplines in different fields, cultures, and periods to contribute an article to this jubilee edition. You are also kindly invited to join an expert meeting on this topic, online on 20 January


 The deadline for submitting articles is 1 April.  Please note:

  • articles should not normally exceed 8,000 words in length, including any notes
  • articles are to be anonymized by the author prior to submission
  • editorial and bibliographical instructions are found in the journal's style sheet
  • manuscripts - if written in a language that is not the author's mother tongue - must be corrected at native speaker level before submission
  • illustrations (provided that they are free of rights) may separately be sent along
  • summaries of dissertations (normally published in the language of the thesis) should not exceed 5,000 words and should not contain any notes or illustrations

If you are currently preparing a submission to our journal, we kindly ask you to give us a heads up, simply by sending an email to

More information about the journal
View the call for papers for the 2022 regular edition

[1] See: Sybille Krämer, Horst Bredekamp, “ Culture, Technology, Cultural Techniques - Moving Beyond Text,” Theory, Culture & Society  30 (2013): 20-29; Bernhard Siegert, Cultural Techniques: Grids, FIlters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real, trans. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015). 


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