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Submission for Religions Special Issue "Pilgrimage and Religious Mobilization in Europe"

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Information

“Europe is born on a pilgrimage.” This phrase, often ascribed to the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, might be apocryphal but it captures the important role of this ongoing practice in Europe. In a secularizing continent, pilgrimage is a religious ritual that is not only still flourishing but on the rise.
Religions typically have a public dimension of social gathering, arguing, and worship. The ritual of pilgrimage constitutes in many religions an important expression of this public dimension. Christianity, in particular Catholicism, is still the first religion that comes to mind when thinking about pilgrimage in Europe, but it is by far not the only community that engages in this praxis.
Pilgrimage has dimensions beyond the religious experience. Pilgrimages can spill over into various ways of religious mobilization with a social, political, and also economic impact. When religious experiences meet with cultural landscapes and economic interests, questions of political power begin to rise. Varieties of pilgrimage from spiritual tourism to religious protest shape the public dimension of pilgrimage and have an impact on various levels of European societies.
Pilgrim Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field that takes these various sociological, cultural, geographical, economic, and political implications into account.
The present Special Issue seeks to continue and elaborate on the existing research agendas and to establish a forum for new approaches, historical traditions, current trends, comparative approaches, conceptual developments, and methodological questions are of interest. Whose frames guide the pilgrims? Who profits from the pilgrims’ decisions? What kind of identity emerges when pilgrims depart and return?
The volume invites contributions from the fields of political science, history, geography, theology, sociology, religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, media studies, literature studies, tourism and travel studies, and the whole range of humanities and social science. The Special Issue encourages the submission of a broad range of papers from disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary perspectives in order to elaborate on the empirical and theoretical aspects of all forms of pilgrimage and related religious mobilization in Europe. The following themes may be included: historical and current pilgrimages of Europeans and in Europe; paths, events, spaces, landscapes, and persons of pilgrims’ interest; social, political, and economic impacts of pilgrimages, religious mobilization spilling over from pilgrimages or constituting pilgrimages; religious rituals; music, art, icons, cultural heritage; pilgrim popes and papal pilgrims, power and pilgrimage, economy of pilgrimage, spiritual tourism; political mobilization of pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela and the Way of St. James; Marian devotions, Holy Land, Jerusalem, Rome, Via Francigena, Canterbury, Mount Athos, Assisi, Saint Michael, Sacred Heart, Holy Shroud, Image of the Divine Mercy, Egeria, Labre; wandering monks and virgins, folk piety, crusades, material religion, rite de passage, Turner, critique of pilgrimage and wayfarer, Pilgrim’s Progress, Pilgrim City, Pilgrim’s Tale, homo viator, local shrines, saints, Uman, Oberammergau, Taizé, World Youth Day, Holy Year, virtual pilgrims.

Prof. Dr. Mariano P. Barbato, Guest Editor

Keywords: Pilgrimage, Pilgrims, Mobilization, Europe

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