MemberLangdon Elsbree

Aside from essays on Lawrence, Woolf, Hardy, Austen, Frost, and Golding,I Have been writing about the relationship between ritual and story. Two books of mine –The Rituals of Life and Ritual Passage and Narrative Structures–explore some of the relationships, especially liminality ( RP AND NS) Now retired, I still read (casually) in anthropology and try to keep up with such topics as liminality and rites of passage and the ways they inform novels and short stories, as wells as poetry occasionally.

MemberAutumn Reinhardt-Simpson

…“My Wife’s Best Wedding Girdle”: Communality and Commerce in English Medieval Childbirth Ritual Goods at Consuming Religion: Victuals and Consumption in Religious Traditions, University of Alberta, April 16-17, 2019…

I am a PhD student in religious studies at the University of Alberta focusing on medieval and early modern England, particularly women and religious ritual. My current work is centered around ritual material culture. This year I have been writing and presenting on medieval English women and the use of childbirth rituals while tying this in to ideas of earthly communality as well as the spiritual economy. My upcoming presentation, “My Wife’s Best Wedding Girdle”: Communality and Commerce in English Medieval Childbirth Ritual Goods will be presented at the University of Alberta Consuming Religion conference, April 16-17, 2019.

MemberLucas A. Wolf

I am a PhD. candidate pursuing my doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese) in the School of International Letters and Cultures at ASU.  My research interest lays in modes of practice of religious Daoism during the latter half of the first millennium of the Common Era (including issues of ritual practice, identity, community, and interactions with Buddhism). My research goal is to help untangle the complex connections between Daoist ritual practices in the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) with their later expressions in the Northern and Southern Song dynasties (960-1279 CE).  In particular, I am concerned with the rise of a new class of practitioner, the “ritual masters of summoning and interrogation” (kaozhao fashi 考召法師), itinerant ritual specialists who specialized in healing and exorcism through the mastery of a series of daemonifugic rites.  I am also interested in the expression of religious elements in the poetry and prose of the period, in particular how such works reimagine and recreate earlier narratives to fit contemporary religious and secular concerns.

MemberTravis Proctor

…“Dining with ‘Inhuman’ Demons: Greco-Roman Sacrifice, Demonic Ritual, and the Christian Body in Clement of Alexandria,” Studia Patristica LXXXII (2017): 51-72.
“Daemonic Trickery, Platonic Mimicry: Traces of Christian Dae…

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. I teach courses in Christian Origins & History, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.

MemberJoy Palacios

I hold a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and I study theatrical and liturgical performance in early modern France. Research and teaching themes include theater and drama, age of Louis XIV, Catholic Counter-Reformation, devotional literature, life writing, court culture, material and visual culture, ritual and performance theory, archival research methods.

MemberDaniel Murray

I currently am teaching in the department of East Asian Studies at McGill University, where I also received my PhD. I research religion and urbanization in modern China with an emphasis on space and sensation. My current project is entitled Urban Temples and Ritual Affects: Daoist Masters, Local Gods, and Communal Temples in Modern Xiamen.

MemberLars Christensen

I am interested in intersections of musical thought and understandings of the past across pre-modern Asia. My dissertation considers ritual music reform during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) as a means of bridging the distance from the ancients, using the perceived continuity of language, numbers, measurement, transmitted images, and recovered artifacts. I am also a performer of Javanese gamelan and numerous other kinds of music.