Towards Urbanism – Ritualizations and the Growth of Settlements
Original Call for Papers 2019 “Towards Urbanism: Ritualizations and the growth of settlements (Late Bronze Age to Archaic period, Mediterranean basin)"
co-organised by the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt, and Ancient History, University of St Andrews
Religion has affected dramatic developments in the history of cities such as foundations, waves of immigration, transformations, (re-) ghettoization and genocide, as well as much less dramatic changes in patterns of settlements, urban life styles and images about one’s own and ideal cities. Rituals have shaped shared spaces and seclusion and the very notion of ‘public’ or ‘city’ has at times been defined by religious phenomena. Vice versa, the spatial, social, and political setting of cities small or large have influenced, if not decisively shaped rituals, conceptions of ‘gods’, location, accessibility and division of labour, the location and ontology of ancestors and how to relate to them (and other ‘spiritis’, ‘demons’ or ‘semi-gods’ or just ‘powers’) and the very notion of ‘religion’ and how to live one’s life in the face of the gods.