On 21 October 2002 (6.15 p.m. Great Hall of the Old University, Grabengasse 1) the University of Heidelberg will be celebrating the inception of a major interdisciplinary research project on ritual traditions and processes in ancient and modern cultures. The project goes by the name of "Dynamics of Ritual" (www.ritualdynamik.uni-hd.de) and has been accepted by the German Research Council as one of its long-term collaborative research programmes. Over 60 Heidelberg scientists and scholars from the Faculties of cultural studies, social studies and medicine are involved. The University of Heidelberg extends a cordial invitation to all interested to attend the opening.
Alongside the cross-cultural and comparative collection and documentation of ritual acts from religious and secular contexts, further major aims of this research venture are to explain the social functions of such practices and, not least, to review the scientific research standards and teaching offerings in the process of vital interdisciplinary cooperation. On 21 October the project will be introducing its objectives with an opening ritual designed specially for the purpose and emphasising the innovative approach it has elected for itself.
Rector Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff
Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels, spokesman of SFB 619
"Why Research on Ritual?"
Prof. Dr. Walter Burkert (Zurich)
"Ritual between Ethology and Postmodernism:
Philological and Historical Remarks"
"Are Rituals (Socio-)Biologically Programmed?"
Opponens: Dr. Christiane Brosius
Respondens: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Harth
Determinatio: Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Angelos Chaniotis
Please address any inquiries to:
Prof. Dr. Axel Michaels
South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/548917, fax: 546338
More general inquiries (from journalists) can also be addressed to
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317