Volume two of
Theorizing Rituals mainly consists of an annotated bibliography of more than 400 items covering those books, edited volumes and essays that are considered most relevant for the field of ritual theory. Instead of proposing yet another theory of ritual, the bibliography is a comprehensive monument documenting four decades of theorizing rituals.
Jens Kreinath (Dr. phil.) is affiliated to the Institute for Religious Studies at the University of Heidelberg and currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wichita State University (U.S.A.). He co-edited
The Dynamics of Changing Rituals (2004) and his publications include
Semiose des Rituals (2006). His research interests focus upon theoretical and methodological issues in the anthropology of religion in general and of Islam in particular. He is planning a publication on
Ritual and Reflection: Tropes in Transformation and Transgression.
Dr. Jan Snoek studied in Leiden (The Netherlands). In 1996 he held the Théodore Verhaegen Chair (Freemasonry) of the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Currently he teaches Sciences of Religions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). He published widely about the development of masonic rituals. The edited volume
Women's Agency and Rituals in Mixed and Female Masonic Orders (with Alexandra Heidle) will appear with Brill this year. In preparation is a monograph
Transferring Masonic Rituals from Male to Mixed and Female Orders.
Michael Stausberg (Dr. phil.) is professor of the History of Religions at the University of Bergen (Norway). His publications include
Die Religion Zarathushtras (3 vols. 2002-2004) and he is the editor of
Zoroastrian Rituals in Context (2004). Apart from essays on a variety of topics, Stausberg is currently preparing a monograph on the Zoroastrian priesthood in India (working title:
Religion as Professional Practice) and an edited volume on contemporary theories of religion.
Social anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, theologians, and all those interested in ritual studies and the study of religion.