Presentations

since 2000

2017. “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.

2015.  “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.

2015. “Condolence and Commemoration: A Daughter’s Song.” Plenary address for the conference, “What’s at Stake? Memorial, Ritual, Democracy, Extremism after July 22.” University of Oslo. September 17-19, 2015.

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

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

2014. “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.

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

2014. “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.

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

2012.  “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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010. “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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2007. “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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2005. “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.

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

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

2003. “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.

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

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

2001. “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.

2000. “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.

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

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