This panel will follow the tracks of the ritual year in different cultural settings. The contributors will study the transformations of hierarchies of values from the archaic to the modern ritual year. They will also focus on special interactions between the ritual year and cultural performances.
This panel will be conceived as a chasing research game. The contributors will follow the tracks of the ritual year in different cultural settings with a special attention to the sociocultural values. The ritual year and its components are seen as having influenced sociocultural values in diverse societies of various epochs, meanwhile each festival is an expression of specific values (religious, ideological, artistic, etc.) and a significant value as such.
Two different options are possible. The first one is to study the set and the transformations of hierarchies of values from the archaic to the modern ritual year, looking at different festivals and rituals through space and time. The second one is to focus on special interactions between the ritual year and cultural performances, trying for instance to look at the influence of the ritual year and festivals on literature/narratives, on the arts and on music. The first option opens space for broader analyses of the ritual year through history, while the second option calls for more precise examples and case studies in the field of cultural practices, system of temporal and spatial metaphors and (re)interpretation of the calendric feasts. Combining the two options will hopefully lead us on the tracks of the ritual year, exploring both the continuities and changes of a universal motive and its axiology.