Devising Order

Socio-religious Models, Rituals, and the Performativity of Practice


In the past two decades, scholarship in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences has witnessed the synchronic and often tangled rise of Ritual and Performance Studies. This interdisciplinary collection of essays in disciplines ranging from Theology to Antropology to Business Administration offers an insightful guide to assumptions, approaches and methods that underpin much of cutting-edge research in the field, with the help of case-studies spanning four continents and covering a long-haul period from the High Middle Ages to the Present.

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Preliminary Material
Editor(s): Bruno Boute and Thomas Småberg
Pages: i–xii
Editor(s): Bruno Boute and Thomas Småberg
Pages: 271–296
Editor(s): Bruno Boute and Thomas Småberg
Pages: 297–304
Note on Contributors
List of Figures

Introduction: Devising Order. Socioreligious Models, Rituals, and the Performativity of Practice
Bruno Boute and Thomas Småberg

The Priest, the Sexton, and the Weaver: A Flemish Dinner Play Performing Biblical Theology (c. 1539-1565)
Wim François

Death as the Guest of Honour: The Social Constructions of Funeral Rites in Southern Sweden, 1880-1949
Anna Stark

Giving Public Space a Face: the Agency of Monuments and Portraits, Thailand and the Netherlands compared
Irene Stengs

Making space for performativity: publics, powers, and places in a multi-register town festival (Bondoukou, Côte d’Ivoire)
Karel Arnaut

Place, Power, and Prophecy: Ritual Space and Speech among the Yucatec Maya from Colonial Time to Present Time.
Bodil Liljefors Persson

Reinventing the apostolic tradition: transition and appropriation in the medieval commemoration of the apostles
Els Rose

Affirming Papal Supremacy – Shaping Catholicism: The Readjustment of Symbolic Resources at the Post-Trent Roman Court.
Julia Zunckel

The Ritual Battle of Tournament: Tornej, Dust, and Bohord in Medieval Sweden ca. 1250-1320
Thomas Småberg

European and Chinese Controversies over Rituals: A Seventeenth-Century Genealogy of Chinese Religion
Eugenio Menegon

Engineering the Sacred: Perspectives for Research into Sacramental Practice and Conflicts over Sacraments in the seventeenth Century
Bruno Boute

The Jesuit ordering: In between the imaginative force of the art of memory and the organizational power of accounting practices
Paolo Quattrone

Concluding Remarks: Rituality, performativity, history, and religion
Joris Van Eijnatten

List of Referenced Authors

All those interested in Ritual Studies, Religious History, European and Chinese History, African Studies, Meso-American Studies, Management History.
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