Annual Meeting of American Academy of Religion (Ritual Studies Unit)
November 19 @ 8:00 am - November 22 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
This panel looks at some new publications within the study of ritual, sacred geography, and pilgrimage. Kathryn Barush’s Imaging Pilgrimage (2021), Marion Grau’s Pilgrimage, Landscape and Identity (2021), and André Brouillette, SJ’s The Pilgrim Paradigm (2022) represent recent studies in contemporary pilgrimage and its complexity in Europe and the U.S. This panel gathers a diversity of approaches to contemporary pilgrimage in its many forms. From the metaphorical use of the pilgrimage motif in spirituality and ecumenical movements to the physical movement either in a local or home context or abroad, this panel seeks to engage how contemporary people, both religious and non-religious, make sense and engage in pilgrimage as a spiritual practice. Panelists will discuss the links between pilgrimage and healing, engaging art as pilgrimage, pilgrimage and personal spirituality, interreligious and ecumenical aspects of religious travel, sacred geographies at home and the outdoors, the relationship between pilgrimage and sainthood, pilgrimage and religious and secular festivals, forms of activist pilgrimage, ethnonationalism, climate change, and discusses various theologies of pilgrimage.
Panelists are Kathryn Barush, Marion Grau, and André Brouillette, SJ.
Unit Chair: Sarah Pike