The session explores the role of reoccurring feasts and rituals in relations to a local or state based political or societal context. How do feasts in terms of enacted "traditions" become vehicles of political or societal projects and how do they recycle, mediate between and bring together various visions of pasts and futures?
In classical social theory reoccurring feasts and cyclic rituals form the
basis of how social cohesion and common values are created, distributed and
upheld. Rituals and repeated orders of the feast and the festive can promote
elements of stability and change i.e. in terms of expressing old and
emerging cosmologies or political orders as constant and stable. This
session explores relations between specific reoccurring feasts of various
scales, in private and public life, with major political and societal
issues. How do the recreational potential of the cyclic feast process these
issues and contribute to the regeneration of society? How is this
regeneration related to continuity and change in specific cases? How does
the feast circulate and redistribute values attributed to various visions of
pasts and futures? What is generated, innovated or renewed in the seemingly
repetitive form of the feast?