27 January 2018

HERILIGION meeting in Krakow, 6-10 December 2017

From 7-9 December 2017 the HERILIGION researchers met in Kraków in order to report on past research and events, and to discuss and plan future collaboration. Present were Oscar Salemink, Sofie Isager Ahl, Irene Stengs, Ernst van den Hemel, Anouk Janssen, Ferdinand de Jong, Sophie Cabott, Clara Saraiva, Maria Cardeira, Anna Niedźwiedź, Monika Golonka-Czajkowska, Kaja Kajder, Karolina Pachla-Wojciechowska, Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz .

Meeting in Kraków

The Polish team: Kaja Kajder, Anna Niedźwiedź, Monika Golonka-Czajkowska 

On 7 December visited the Kraków Nativity Scene competition in the Rynek central square in Kraków; Poland is proposing this tradition for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, and hopes that it will be inscribed in n2018. In the afternoon Prof. Oscar Salemink gave a public lecture titled Religion, heritage and the state: Theoretical and practical implications of recognizing spirit possession as cultural heritage in Vietnam (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University). 

Kraków Nativity Scene competition in the Rynek central square in Kraków

On 8 December the team visited the exhibition Maps of the City: heritages and the sacred within Kraków’s cityscape (Ethnographic Museum in Kraków), which the Polish team under the leadership of Dr Anna Niedźwiedź prepared in collaboration with staff of the Ethnographic Museum. 

Future Heriligion meetings will take place at the HERA meeting in Vienna (14-15 March 2018); at a writing retreat planned for 4-9 July 2018 in the countryside near Clermont-Ferrand in France; and in Norwich in 2019. Irene Stengs and Ernst van den Hemel convene a panel at the Critical Heritage Studies Congress in Hangzhou (1-6 September 2018). In addition, HERILIGION researchers are planning to submit a panel proposal to the EASA conference in Stockholm in August 2018 and the SIEF 2019 congress in Santiago de Compostela. If possible, HERILIGION members would join the Portuguese team for their exhibition planned for mid-2019.