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The Performances of Sacred Spaces

Crossing, Breathing, Resisting

This collection offers a multi-layered, contemporary analysis of sacred sites and their practices, politics, and ecologies. Presenting practice-as-research accounts alongside theoretical analysis, this multidisciplinary volume brings together religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and performance studies. By focusing on practice and performance rather than theology, it also expands the notion of sacred places to contexts beyond institutionalized religion.

The questions investigated are: what is a sacred place? Is a place inherently sacred or does it become sacred? Is it a paradigm, a real location, an imaginary place, a projected condition, a charged setting, an enhanced perception? What kind of practices and processes allow the emergence of a sacred place in human perception? And what is its function in contemporary societies?

In exploring these questions and more, Silvia Battista challenges the conventional understanding of sacred places in contemporary contexts and sparks lively new debate on the roles of religiosity and spirituality.

220 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Black Studies

Religion: American Religions

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Table of Contents

The Performances of Sacred Places: an Introduction
Silvia Battista

Part I – Crossing

Chapter I
A Place that Stands Apart – Emplacing, re-imaging and transforming life-events through walking-performance in rural landscapes
Louise Ann Wilson

Chapter II
Bordering the Sacred: the Labyrinth as Non-Site
Kris Darby

Chapter III
In Peril & Pilgrimage: Exploring the Experience of Suffering in Journeys Endured
Simon Piasecki

Part II – Breathing

Chapter IV
Acting atmospheres: the theatre laboratory and the numinous
Ilaria Salonna

Chapter V
Holding Out: The Sacred Space of Suspense and Sustainable Ethics
Annalaura Alifuoco

Chapter VI
The Introspective Theatre of Spirits Read Foucault: The Digital Space, the Inner Gaze and the Sacred Landscape
Silvia Battista

Part III – Resisting

Chapter VII
Performing on the Tightrope: Sacred Place, Embodied Knowledge and the Conflicted History of Colonial Modernity in the Welsh and Khasi Relationship
Lisa Lewis

Chapter VIII
Performing Memorials as Intervening Grounds
Ruth L. Smith

Chapter IX
Sacred space and occupation as protest: Jonathan Z Smith and Occupy Wall Street
Joshua Edelman


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