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UE853 - New Age and modern Paganisms in Africa and in Europe


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Dernière modification : 4 juin 2024 17:01

Type d'UE
Séminaires de centre
Centres
Institut des mondes africains (IMAF)
Disciplines
Anthropologie sociale, ethnographie et ethnologie
Page web
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Langues
anglais
Mots-clés
Anthropologie culturelle Ethnologie Fait religieux Post-coloniales (études) Rituel
Aires culturelles
Afrique Europe
Intervenant·e·s

The aim of this webinar is to explore, from a comparative perspective, the diverse expressions of the recent religious revival consisting in creative appropriations of the past through new forms of ritualization and ritual expertise, currently proliferating in post-colonial contexts (including post-Soviet and post-socialist countries as well as the global South). It seems tempting to consider such new forms of ritualization – often challenging the old religious status quo, aiming at the renegotiation of social relations, and proposing a novel vision of the self – in close association with New Age and Modern Paganisms, which have been conceptualized as religious phenomena emanating from and pertaining mainly to the West and/or the North. The global circulations of the objects, concepts, and people at this beginning of the 21st century suggest that closer attention should be paid to the seemingly more peripheral locations in which they are developing.

Indeed, despite the diversity of their cultural references, the “back to the roots” movements expanding today in post-colonial contexts share several common features with Western/Northern type of New Age and Modern Paganisms. Notably they seek to restore or recreate supposedly ancient traditions, healing and spiritual techniques, values and worldviews that have been undermined by the colonial encounters, modern episteme, industrialization and Christianity. Archaeology, history, folklore, and anthropology are essential sources of inspiration in these efforts, leading to original representations of the past that are invariably set within the framework of bygone empires and/or of cultures considered primordial, authentic, and connected to nature.

In order to better understand the New Age and of modern Paganisms as global religious phenomena, we wish to focus on their African and Central European expressions from a range of perspectives that allow to develop a thorough comparison of the practices and representations involved. We will examine the profiles of social actors that create, facilitate and engage in the different forms of religious revival: their gender constructions, intellectual end economic backgrounds, political agendas, etc. We will analyze the ways in which they manipulate the resources at their disposal and their relationships to history and the past. We will also be particularly interested in the particular forms of ritualization that the reconstructions of the past entail and which are not always readily recognizable as such, and the modes of transmission of knowledge and experience they enable. In doing so, we hope to shed new light on the wider social relations these practices are embedded in as well as on the intertwining of religion, politics and science in the New Age and modern Paganisms.

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Webinar (uniquement en ligne)

Webinar, monthly, Tuesdays 16h-18h

28 janvier

26 février

25 mars

22 avril

20 mai

17 juin

Direction de travaux des étudiants

sur rdv

Réception des candidats
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Pré-requis

à partir du niveau Master 1, auditrices et auditeurs libres bienvenues

Dernière modification : 4 juin 2024 17:01

Type d'UE
Séminaires de centre
Centres
Institut des mondes africains (IMAF)
Disciplines
Anthropologie sociale, ethnographie et ethnologie
Page web
-
Langues
anglais
Mots-clés
Anthropologie culturelle Ethnologie Fait religieux Post-coloniales (études) Rituel
Aires culturelles
Afrique Europe
Intervenant·e·s

The aim of this webinar is to explore, from a comparative perspective, the diverse expressions of the recent religious revival consisting in creative appropriations of the past through new forms of ritualization and ritual expertise, currently proliferating in post-colonial contexts (including post-Soviet and post-socialist countries as well as the global South). It seems tempting to consider such new forms of ritualization – often challenging the old religious status quo, aiming at the renegotiation of social relations, and proposing a novel vision of the self – in close association with New Age and Modern Paganisms, which have been conceptualized as religious phenomena emanating from and pertaining mainly to the West and/or the North. The global circulations of the objects, concepts, and people at this beginning of the 21st century suggest that closer attention should be paid to the seemingly more peripheral locations in which they are developing.

Indeed, despite the diversity of their cultural references, the “back to the roots” movements expanding today in post-colonial contexts share several common features with Western/Northern type of New Age and Modern Paganisms. Notably they seek to restore or recreate supposedly ancient traditions, healing and spiritual techniques, values and worldviews that have been undermined by the colonial encounters, modern episteme, industrialization and Christianity. Archaeology, history, folklore, and anthropology are essential sources of inspiration in these efforts, leading to original representations of the past that are invariably set within the framework of bygone empires and/or of cultures considered primordial, authentic, and connected to nature.

In order to better understand the New Age and of modern Paganisms as global religious phenomena, we wish to focus on their African and Central European expressions from a range of perspectives that allow to develop a thorough comparison of the practices and representations involved. We will examine the profiles of social actors that create, facilitate and engage in the different forms of religious revival: their gender constructions, intellectual end economic backgrounds, political agendas, etc. We will analyze the ways in which they manipulate the resources at their disposal and their relationships to history and the past. We will also be particularly interested in the particular forms of ritualization that the reconstructions of the past entail and which are not always readily recognizable as such, and the modes of transmission of knowledge and experience they enable. In doing so, we hope to shed new light on the wider social relations these practices are embedded in as well as on the intertwining of religion, politics and science in the New Age and modern Paganisms.

Le programme détaillé n'est pas disponible.

Cette UE n'est rattachée à aucune formation de master.

Contacts additionnels
-
Informations pratiques

Webinar (uniquement en ligne)

Webinar, monthly, Tuesdays 16h-18h

28 janvier

26 février

25 mars

22 avril

20 mai

17 juin

Direction de travaux des étudiants

sur rdv

Réception des candidats
-
Pré-requis

à partir du niveau Master 1, auditrices et auditeurs libres bienvenues

Planning en cours de validation.