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The role of sacred places in contemporary European society and culture

Responses toward sacred places often reveal unarticulated attitudes toward the place and role of religious minorities and implicit frames of reference toward debates on religion and secularism. We seek papers that reflect on particular sacred sites, including their symbolic, material, and theoretical dimensions; programs and practices toward protecting, preserving, and/or mythologizing sacred places and religious heritage; practices of pilgrimage, with special reference to the new realities of brought on by COVID travel restrictions; and new frameworks for reflecting on the role of sacred places in 21st century European society and culture. 

Co-Chairs:

Carol Ferrara, carol_ferrara@emerson.edu

Katie Oxx, koxx@sju.edu

Brooke Schedneck, schedneckb@rhodes.edu

Jonathan Teubner, jonathan.teubner@acu.edu.au