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The Transformation of Pilgrimage Studies: Moving Beyond Dominant Paradigms [Pilgrimage Studies Network] 
Mario Katić (University of Zadar)
John Eade (University of Roehampton)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/005
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel looks at how pilgrimages are related to producing, experiencing and negotiating transformations in various ideological, political, economic contexts and how pilgrimage studies follow these changes and move beyond dominant paradigms. Pandemic's challenge opened new avenues for exploration.

Long Abstract:

Pilgrimage studies has made impressive strides since the early 1990s but the pandemic's challenge to our beliefs in "normality" can open up new avenues for exploration. This is a useful time to take stock not only of the rapid development of pilgrimage studies but also possible new directions. This panel, therefore, invites papers that explore beyond dominant paradigms by considering substantive, methodological and theoretical questions such as:

• To what extent has the pandemic highlighted the environmental impact of pilgrimage in the European region?

• What are the advantages and disadvantages of focussing on pilgrimage as a journey rather than what happens at a particular destination?

• What are the benefits of locating European pilgrimage within a wider, more global context?

• How useful is to compare pilgrimage routes in terms of "caminoisation" and "heritagisation"?

• What have been the methodological challenges presented by the pandemic during the last two years?

• How useful for analysis has been the development of such hybrid categories as spiritual pilgrimage, secular pilgrimage, pilgrimage tourism and maritime pilgrimage?

• What are the strengths and weaknesses of moving beyond the dominant representational paradigms towards a relational/more-than-representational approach?

• What are the advantages of analysing people's practices in terms of laterality rather than liminality?

• How pilgrimages themselves are related to producing, experiencing and negotiating transformations in various ideological, political, economic contexts?

Asking these and other questions we want to explore changing faces of today's pilgrimages and ways forward in the development of pilgrimage studies.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -