Presentations

2017a. “Rite to Play,” “Daughter’s Song,” and “The Day the Clock Stopped,” Lived Religion Conference, Memorial University, October 3-6.

2017b. with Bryn Scott-Grimes. Film screening of “The Day the Clock Stopped” and discussion on improvisation and ritual in music. Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, University of Guelph, September 13.

2017c. “Improvising Ritual.” Plenary address for “Reassembling Democracy? Ritual as Resource.” Oslo, February 22-25.

2016. “Ritual Criticism and the Santa Fe Fiesta.” School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. December 2.

2015a. “Condolence and Commemoration: A Daughter’s Song.” Plenary address for the conference, “Designing Commemoration.” University of Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. October 8-9, 2015.

2015b. “Ritual Studies: Practicing the Craft.” Duke University, Franklin Humanities Center, March 25.

2014a. “Celebrative Ritual and Fictive Religion: Prague’s Velvet Carnival.” Plenary address for the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences: Canadian Society for the Study of Religion. May 25.

2014b. “Celebrative Ritual and Fictive Religion: Prague’s Velvet Carnival.” Lund University, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies. June 4.

2014c. “Performativity and Ritual: A Seminar.” University of Oslo. Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. June 10, 2014.

2014d. “Interpreting Audio-Visually Documented Rituals.”  University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies. May 2-3.

2013. “Translating Bodies: Enhanced for Festivity,” Humanities Forum: Translation and Cultural Exchange, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, April 11.

2012a. “Rite to Play: Ritual Creativity, Improvisation and the Arts.” Film shown at Charles University, Prague, Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies. November 19.

2012b. “Field Research on the Emerging Velvet Carnival.” Workshop with religious studies students, Charles University, Prague, Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies. November 20-21, 2012.

2012c. “Rite to Play: Ritual Creativity, Improvisation, and the Arts.” Charles University, Prague, Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies. November 19.

2012d. “What’s the Sense in Shooting Stuff? Studying Ritual Videographically.” Sensory Cultures of Religion Research Group, Yale University, September 18.

2012e. “Playing Through: Ritual Creativity, Improvisation, and the Arts.” Union Theological Seminary. September 17.

2011a. “Studying Ritual Camera-in-Hand: Audio-Visual Methods for the Study of Liturgy,” lecture, Yale University, Divinity School, ISM Liturgy Symposium. Dec. 5.

2011b. “Querying Ritual, Camera-in-Hand,” lecture for University of Exeter, Theology and Religion Research Seminars. Exeter, England. November 9.

2011c. “Audio-Visual Methods in Ritual Studies,” plenary lecture and symposium for the University of Bern, Swiss Graduate School of Theology.  November 4.

2010a. “The Ritualization of Moving and Learning,” keynote lecture for “People on the Move: Culture and Knowledge in Motion,” Global Young Faculty, Dortmund University International Centre, Germany. Dec. 2.

2010b. “Ritualizing Places, Great and Small,” lecture and ritual studies lab for Holy Hiatus, Small World Theatre, Cardigan, Wales. September 25-26.

2010c. “The Deconsecration of Highgate United Church,” video for Research on Festivity, Rituals, and Other Framed Events. University of Oslo. September 22.

2010d. “’You Can’t Do That:’ Creativity and Criticism in Scholarly Production,” a workshop for Refiguring Death Rites. Radboud University Nijmegen. March 17-18.

2010e. “Performing Religion: A Festival, a Musical, and a Funeral,” lecture, University of Amsterdam. March 15.

2009a. “Methodological Problems in the Audio-Visual Documentation of Festivals,” Workshop on Festivity, University of Oslo, October 2009

2009b. “Ritual, Media, and Conflict,” Religion in Pluralistic Societies, University of Oslo, October 2009.

2009c. “How Is a Rite Like a Dutch Bike,” Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, October.

2009d. “Interpreting Gestures and Postures in Festivals: The Case of the Santa Fe Fiesta,“ Denison University, April 2.

2009e. “Myth and Ritual in Santa Fe, New Mexico,” lecture for the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, Emory University, March 4.

2009f. “Problems and Tensions between Ethnography and Theology,” Emory University, Consultation on Ethnography and Theology, March 5-6.

2009g. “The Virtues and Vices of Festivity,” University of Limerick, February 18.

2008a. “Ritual, Media, and Conflict in the Santa Fe Fiesta.” Workshop with Barry Stephenson  for Moving Images and Media Rituals, University of Heidelberg, July-August.

2008b. “Mediating the Fiesta: Performing Peace, Enacting Conflict.” Plenary address for Media, Spiritualities, and Social Change, University of Colorado, June 6, 2008.

2007a. “Ethnographic Methods in the Study of Worship.” Synagogue 3000, Toronto.

2007b. “Learning and Teaching Ritual.” Lecture for Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2007c. “The Santa Fe Fiesta: Visual Methods in the Study of Ritual.” Presentation for Ritual, Media, and Conflict Research Project, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2007d. “The Concept of Ritual in Gerald Klingbeil’s Bridging the Gap: Ritual and Ritual Texts in the Bible. Ritual in the Biblical World Consultation, Society of Biblical Literature. San Diego.

2007e. “Re-sensualizing Ritual Theory: John Bourke among the Hopis.” Lecture for Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado.

2007f. “Re-sensualizing Ritual Theory: John Bourke among the Hopis.” Lecture for University of Heidelberg, South Asia Institute.

2007g. “Ritual Studies Lab.” Series of workshops for graduate students, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2007h. “Orientation in Ritual Studies.” Lecture series for University of Lund, Sweden, Department of Religious Studies.

2006a. “Ritual Theory and the Senses.” Keynote lecture for “The Senses of Religion,” Department of Religious Studies, Yale University.

2006b. “Shooting Rites.” Plenary address for the retirement of Fred Clothey, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

2006c. “Reimagining Ritual Theory.” Inaugural address for the Chair of Ritual Studies. Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2006d. “Shooting the Dead.” With Eric Venbrux. Ritualizing Series. Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

2006e. “Ritual and Visual Culture.” A workshop for students at Radboud University Nijmegen.

2006f. “Methods in Ritual Studies,” a symposium for Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Heidelberg, April 24-26. With Ute Huesken and Thomas Quartier.

2005g. “What Kind of an Act is Theorizing about Ritual?” Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, PA.

2005h. “Shooting Rites.” Faculty of South Asian Studies, Dynamics of Ritual Project.  University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2005i. “Ritual Studies: the Current State of the Art.” Catholic Theological University,  Utrecht, the Netherlands.

2005j. “Ritual, Performance, Media.” Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Lecture series.

2005k. “Fiddling with Fiddler.” NGG [Dutch Religious Studies Association]. Conferentieoord Woudschoten, Zeist, the Netherlands.

2005l. “Ritual Failure Revisited.” Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX.

2004. “Ritual, Performance, and the Sequestering of Sacred Space.” Distinguished Speakers Series. The Humanities Research Group. University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada.

2003a. “Shooting Rites.” The Aidan Kavanagh Lecture. Yale University, School of Sacred Music. New Haven, CT.

2003b. “Performance, Narrative, and Criticism in Ritual Studies.” Invited plenary for Ritual in Anabaptist Communities. Hillsdale College, Michigan. June 26 – 28.

2003c. “Acts of Screening and Metaphoric Moves: Ritual Studies Reflections through a Sliding Glass Door.” Invited plenary address for the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium. Sacred Screens: The Origins, Development, and Diffusion of the Byzantine Sanctuary Barrier.

2002. “The Ritualization of North American Visual Culture, Post – 9/11,” invited lecture and multimedia presentation for the American Academy of Religion: Religion and Media Workshop.

2001a. “Ritual Studies.” A lecture series for Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2001b. “Rituals and Dreams.” Ritual Studies Group and Consultation on Dreams. American Academy of Religion, Denver.

2001c. “Performance is Currency in the Deep World’s Gift Economy.” Plenary invited lecture / performance. American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

2000a. “Performance is Currency in the Deep World’s Gift Economy.” Plenary invited lecture / performance for Between Nature, a conference on ecology and performance. Lancaster University, Lancaster, England.

2000b. Rites of Passage Workshop, with Welfare State International, Ulverston, England.

2000c. “Ecology and Ritual.” Lecture at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

1999. “Initiatory Fantasy.” Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion. Boston.

1998. “Fieldwork and Religious Life History,” Concordia University, Department of Religious Studies Colloquium.

1997a. “Writing Religion Autobiographically,” Religion and Autobiography Consultation, American Academy of Religion.

1997b. “Tibetan Ritual Road Shows,” Respondent to joint session of the Ritual Studies Group and Comparative Studies in Religion, American Academy of Religion.

1997c. “Film in Teaching Religious Studies,” Respondent to a special session, American Academy of Religion.

1997c. “Religion and the Arts: The State of the Art,” joint colloquium with the University of Waterloo, Department of Religious Studies.

1997e. “Initiatory Fantasy.” University of Colorado, Department of Religious Studies.

1996a. “Sacred Rites and Ritual.” Interviewee on a one – hour segment of “Ancient Mysteries,” December 19, Arts & Entertainment Channel.

1996c. Plenary respondent to international conference on “Media, Religion, and Culture.” University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Communications.

1996d. “Troubled Passages.” Audio tape presentation for Practically Speaking. Minneapolis: Augsburg/Fortress, Publishers.

1996e. “Jonathan Z. Smith’s Theory of Ritual Space,” Princeton University conference, “Mediating Spaces: American Religion and Place.”

1995e. “Teaching Ritual Studies.” Panel member and workshop leader, Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion.

1995d. “Rites of Passage: Ritual Activity in Modern Life.” Invited speaker and resource person for Pacific Lutheran University’s Summer Institute of Theology: “Reclaiming Rites & Ritual in Family, Society, and Church.”

1995c. “Initiatory Fantasy and Ritual Theory.” The Donald Mathers Memorial Lectures. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

1995b. “Sacred Objects and the Public Gaze.” Lecture and workshop for the Minnesota Humanities Commission and the Center for the Documentation and Preservation of Places of Worship, Minneapolis, MN.

1995a. “Teaching Native Religions.” The Annual Anthropology Lecture, Concordia University, Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology – Anthropology.

1993d. “Why ‘the White Man’ Can’t Dance.” American Academy of Religion, Ritual Studies Group. Washington, DC.

1993c. “New Controversies over the Santa Fe Fiesta.” University of Colorado, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

1993b. “Ritual and Drama in the Southwest.” University of Colorado, Department of Religious Studies.

1993a. “Supine Liturgy.” Paper presented at the North American Academy of Liturgy. Albuquerque, NM.

1992d. “Tom Driver’s Contribution to Theology and to Ritual Studies.” Invited lecture, Union Theological Seminary, New York.

1992c. “Marrying, Burying, and Other Rites of Passage.” Week – long workshop for the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

1992b. “Supine Liturgy: On the Negotiation of Ritual Authority.” Lecture at Notre Dame University.

1992a. “Reinventing Ritual.” Lecture at the University of Toronto, Centre for Religious Studies.

1991. “The Presentation of Self in Native American Autobiography.” American Academy of Religion, Comparative Studies in Religion Section. Kansas City, MO.

1990e. “Mapping Religion, Geopiety, and Holy Historiography: A View from the Southwest.” American Academy of Religion, North American Religions Section. New Orleans, LA.

1990d. “Facing Margaret Laurence: Masking, Ritual, and Biography.” The Davidson Lecture, Carleton University (in conjunction with the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s “Masks, Mime, and Transformation”).

1990c. “Sacred Objects, Junkyard Rubble, and the Booty of Civilizations.” Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, May 27.

1990b. “Ritual, Memory, and Meaning.” A lecture and seminars at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

1990a. “Emerging Ritual.” Plenary address for the North American Academy of Liturgy, St. Louis, MO.

1989b. “Ritual and Autobiography in Frank Hamilton Cushing’s My Adventures in Zuni.” Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

1989a. “The Ritual of Seeing What Should Not Be Seen and Telling What Should Not Be Told: A Story about the Zunis and One of Their Chief Anthropologists.” American Academy of Religion: Ritual Studies Group, Anaheim, CA.

1988f. “Ritual Creativity.” The Sibley Lecture. Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

1988e. “Liturgical Renewal and Ritual Criticism.” Georgetown University Colloquium: “Liturgical Renewal, 1963 – 1988: A Study of English Speaking Parishes in the United States.

1988d. “Ritual Criticism and Interreligious Conflict.” School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM.

1988c. “Religious Biography and Life – Cycle Theory.” International Congress of Ethnologists and Anthropologists, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

1988b. “Religious Biography and Ritual.” Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Windsor, Ont.

1988a. “The Power of Display.” University of California, Santa Barbara, Conference on Ritual and Power.

1987c. “Field Work in Religious Studies.” American Academy of Religion, Religion & the Social Sciences Section.

1987b. “Parashamanism in North America: Critical Issues.” University of California, Santa Barbara, Conference on Ritual and Performance.

1987a. “Methodology in Ritual Studies.” McMaster University.

1986b. “Response to Panel on Islamic Ritual.” American Academy of Religion, Study of Islam Section.

1986a. “On Ritual Criticism.” American Academy of Religion, Ritual Studies Group.

1985c. “The Toronto Towneley Cycle of Mystery Plays.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL.

1985b. “On Ritual Criticism.” American Anthropological Association, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, Washington, DC.

1985a. “Desecration: An Inter-religious Controversy.” American Anthropological Association, Symposium on Native Reburials, Washington, DC.

1984f. “Infelicitous Performances, or, How Rituals Fail.” American Academy of Religion: Philosophy of Religion & Society of Biblical Literature.

1984e. “Interpreting Ritual Gestures.” University of Pittsburgh.

1984d. “Rituals: Traditional and Experimental.” American Anthropological Association & American Ethnological Society: State-of-the-Art Address, Denver, CO.

1984b. “Images and Effigies.” University of Waterloo.

1984a. “The Ritual Studies Lab.” University of Western Ontario.

1983c. “Theology and Contemporary Art.” Ecumenical Artists Assn.

1983b. “Art and the Postures of Prayer.” University of Toronto, Centre for Religious Studies.

1983a. “Seeing Indian Dance Through a Western Eye.” American Academy of Religion: Ritual Studies Group.

1982a. “Fictive Religion, Active Irony.” American Academy of Religion: Joint Session of the Ritual Studies Group and the Arts, Literature, and Religion Section.

1980b. “A Definition of Ritual.” American Academy of Religion: Religion & Social Sciences / Anthropological Method Section.

1980a. “The Polish Theater of Sources and Parashamanism.” New York University, Performance Studies Dept.

1979b. “Parashamanism.” American Academy of Religion: Ritual Studies Consultation.

1979a. “Ritualistic and Artistic Processes.” Syracuse University.

1978. “The Work of Actor’s Lab.” American Academy of Religion: Religion, Literature and the Arts.

1977d. “Methodological Problems in Ritual Studies.” American Academy of Religion: Consultation on the Systematic Study of Meaningful Forms.

1977c. “Liminality and the Lab.” American Academy of Religion: Religion and Society.

1977b. “Ritual Behavior: A Social Necessity?” Institute for Liturgical Studies.

1977a. “Illustration and Illumination.” Wilfrid Laurier University.

1976. “Ritual in the Theatre: Grotowski as Spiritual Director.” American Academy of Religion.

1975b. “Sitting and Eating: The ‘Ritology’ of Two Gestures.” Wilfrid Laurier University Colloquium.

1975a. “Ritual Symbols in Santa Fe.” University of Manitoba.

1972. “Blake, Time, and Theology.” American Academy of Religion: Religion, Literature, and the Arts.

1971b. “Ecology and Religious Mythology.” Lutheran Social Concerns of Wisconsin.

1971a. “The Mythic Imagination.” Department of English, University of Wisconsin.