Writing workshop on “Environmental Change and Ritualized Relationships With the Other-Than-Human World”

Co-sponsored by the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study, the Department of Anthropology, University of California Berkeley, the Faculty of Theology and the Department of Anthropology University of Oslo, and the Graduate Theological Union

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Peder Sather Gate

Workshop leaders

Participants from University of Oslo

  • Jone Salomonsen - Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo
  • Nina Hoel - Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo
  • Marianne Lien - Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Workshop description

We gather in Berkeley on November 15-16, 2019 to further explore and develop themes that emerged from our previous workshop in 2016 (see 2016 workshop description for an orientation to our theoretical approach). This year’s workshop is focused on writing, with the goal being to publish a collection of essays based on what we develop during our work together. Our essays will explore the following questions:

  1. How are human, other-than-human, and the boundaries between them constituted within ritual frames or through ritualization?
  2. How is ritual shaped by assemblies/ assemblages of the human and other-than-human?
  3. What expanded meanings of politics or ethics emerge, are expressed in, then circulated and contested in ritual contexts of multi-species and multi-objects?
  4. What characteristics of relationships with the other-than-human, if any, might prompt the ways we respond to climate change or affect social and political change?
  5. Does environmental precarity require a theological response or new understandings of and practices around “the sacred”? What might these look like? Are there tools for a theology of the anthropocene?
  6. Over our two days together, we will read from our essays, discuss, and write together in a process based on a model developed by anthropologist Katie Stewart (University of Texas, Austin), which will be facilitated by Laura Ogden (Dartmouth College) and Marianne Lien (University of Oslo).

More information about program, short essays, participants, etc.

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