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Feast as a Mirror of Social and Cultural Changes. An International Interdisciplinary Conference

Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations invites to the International Interdisciplinary Conference: 


Kraków (POLAND), 28-30 SEPTEMBER 2017


Venue Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations (Katedra Porównawczych Studiów Cywilizacji), Grodzka Street 52 (ul. Grodzka 52), 2nd floor, room 119

Thursday, 28.09.2017
8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.30 Opening
Prof. Jarosław Górniak, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy
Prof. Marta Kudelska, Head of the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations


Plenary Session

Chair Bożena Gierek

9.30-10.10 Ewa Nowicka, Ethnic festival as a new form of cultural transmission

10.10-10.50 Roberto Motta, Meat, Feast and Trance in Afro-Brazilian Religious Practice

10.50-11.20 Coffee/tea break


Session: Culture and Identity

Chair João Leal

11.20-11.50 Monika Salzbrunn, The Swiss carnivals of Payerne and Lausanne: Place-making between the mise en scène of self and the other(s)

11.50-12.20 Evy Johanne Håland, The religious rituals of the Anastenarides in Greece

12.20-12.50 László Mód, Grape Harvest Feast as an Attempt to Develop Local Identity (A Hungarian Example from the Beginning of the 21th Century)

12.50-13.20 Daniela Salvucci, The feast of the Pachamama in Northern Andean Argentina. From domestic ritual to indigenous cultural heritage

13.20-13.50 Veronique Benei, The ‘Afro In’ festival in Santa Marta, Colombia: Tourism, Afro-Latin visibility and the re-shaping of ‘glocal’ identities

13.50-15.20 Lunch


Session: Policy Making

Chair Evy Johanne Håland

15.20-15.50 Marek Moroń, The use of sacrifice feast of Eid-ul-Adha in Bengal in the 1920s and the 1930s as an instrument for promoting communal violence for political purposes. Comparison to situation in 2017

15.50-16.20 Andrzej Mrozek, Institutional transformation of Christian popular feast in the Catholic Church (South Italy)

16.20-16.50 Tobias Boos, Emerging Social and Spatiotemporal Orders through Urban Festivals: The Palio of Siena as “Deep Play“

16.50-17.20 Frédéric Armao, Uisneach: from the “Great Assembly” to the “Fire Festival 2017”


Friday, 29.09.2017

Plenary Session

Chair Monika Salzbrunn

9.30-10.10 João Leal, “The Making of” the Feast: Working and Feasting

10.10-10.50 Kiyoshi Umeya, Feasts to send-off the dead: with special reference to the Jopadhola of Eastern Uganda

10.50-11.20 Coffee/tea break


Session: Rituals and Cultural Values

Chair Roberto Motta

11.20-11.50 Tatiana Minniyakhmetova, Manifestation of Various Values in Traditional Udmurt Feasts

11.50-12.20 Bożena Gierek, Lajkonik (Hobby Horse) as theatrum of the period of Corpus Christi in Kraków

12.20-12.50 Janika Oras, Roles and performativity of the singers in Estonian historical and revived traditional weddings

12.50-13.20 Łucja Lange, Celebrating Life or Death? What changed in celebration the memory of our loved?

13.20-14.50 Lunch


Session: Transformation and Structural Changes

Chair Tobias Boos

14.50-15.20 Ilze Kačāne, Tigran Simyan, Transformations of New Year Celebration in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Era (on the example of Armenian and Latvian Material)

15.20-15.50 Jasna Čapo, Urban festivities and city rescaling: the Advent season in Zagreb

15.50-16.20 Alīna Romanovska, The Role of Diaspora Festivals in Social and Cultural Life of a Regional Town’s Youth: The Case of Daugavpils (Latvia)

16.20-16.50 Ewa Wylężek, The Final fiesta – bullfighting and its carnivalesque character

16.50-17.30 Closing remarks; post-conference publication; next conference?






Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisations, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland;

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institute of Geography.

Organising Committee:

  • Dr. Bożena Gierek,
  • Dr. Bożena Prochwicz-Studnicka,
  • Dr. Tobias Boos
  • Dr. Wojciech Kosior