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Speaker: Pascale Rihouet, Lilla Mátyók-Engel, Carlotta Paltrinieri

Performing Collective Identity: Bodies and Objects of Early-Modern Processions

Research Seminar
At the intersection of art and ritual, processional paraphernalia endorse crucial roles for collective identity: creating and maintaining group unity, building solidarity in the face of crises, and possibly offering disruptions of law and order or signaling outcasts. The aesthetic appeal of carefully-crafted artefacts (from candles to flags, canopies, reliquaries, etc) is essential but must be studied together with performativity, objects being the material essence of ritual. [more]
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