Call for Abstracts: Pilgrim economies at University of Sussex

We are pleased to announce a one day workshop on :

 Pilgrimages, Ontologies, and Subjectivities in Neoliberal Economies,  

to be held at the School of Global Studies, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK on July 18th 2016.

Sites of pilgrimage and heritage tourism are often sites of social inequality, volatility, and

impaired by historical hostilities between historical, ethnic and competing religious discourses

of morality, personhood, culture, as well as imaginaries of nationalism and citizenship. These

pilgrim sites are often much older in national and global history than the country as a modern

sovereign nation-state. Underlying these sites of worship, pilgrimage, religion and piety are also

pertinent issues to do with finance such as local regimes of taxation, livelihoods, and the wealth

of regional and national economies where these pilgrimage sites are located.

In this workshop, we discuss the ways pilgrimages are imbricated in local, national and

transnational economies. We ask questions such as:

1. What are pilgrimage travel arrangements comprised of, and who has control over the distribution of public resources and facilities such as roads, housing, accommodation, and transportation?

2. What do such developments reveal about recent changes in these historical places?

3. How are discourses and practices about money interrelated with those about religion and divinity in pilgrimage sites?

4. How are neoliberal economies bolstered by these pilgrim sites through heritage tourism?

5. How are subjectivities transformed in the context of pilgrimage in neoliberal economies?

The workshop will also focus on the worshippers’ own subjectivity especially of holy sites as being situated in their imaginations of historical continuity and discontinuity  and their transformative experiences of worshiping using both modern and traditional forms of infrastructures.

We would like to discuss the infrastructures that facilitate ͚the holy experiences͛  of the pilgrim

sites while also appropriating local and international demands for modernizing pilgrimage

experiences for visitors who range from being local, national, international, tourists, and the

diaspora. We welcome papers that are situated and/or ethnographic.

Please send an abstract upto 300 words,  queries for being discussants,  or propose panels to pilgrimeconomies@sussex.ac.uk by 10th June, 2016.