The panel focuses on the symbolism of space in general and dwelling in particular, in the context of the ritual year involving traditional and newly emerged ethnographic sources with special interest on static and dynamic, nature and culture in Europe and beyond.
In this panel, speakers are invited to reflect on the symbolism of space in general and dwelling in particular, within the context of the ritual year involving traditional and newly emerged ethnographic sources, practices and theories. The spatial and temporal frameworks of information presented may vary from antiquity to modern times and be based on different ethnic traditions. In the ritual life, each dwelling is seen as safe or unsafe, own or alien, sacred or profane. This influences the choice of place and type of ritual performance. In addition, a dwelling serves as a locus concentrating the main part of human activities. It is strongly associated with the themes of continuity of generations, cultural and historical memory, reproduction, welfare, and often the centre or starting point, the climax or end of the calendric rituals. We welcome discussions based on the binary oppositions analytic method (C. Levi-Strauss, V.V. Ivanov, and V.N. Toporov) developed by the semiotic approach, as well as other anthropological methods, on the following questions: - Calendric and life cycle rituals in different types of dwellings and outside them; - Static and dynamic nature of the calendric rituals: occupation of, visits and processions within the inhabited space and beyond; - Transformation of calendric rites localized inside the dwelling, either in urban or in rural contexts; - The role, semantics and acculturation of the landscape in the domestic, church, and other rituals; - Notions of "own" and "alien", nature and culture in the symbolic language of ritual practices regarding dwellings.