Secular Pilgrimages – call for papers

Säkuläre Pilgerorte. Eine Konferenz.

Mekkas der Moderne - Pilgerorte der Wissensgesellschaft

What are the sites of modern, secular pilgrimates, scholars from the Nonreligion and Secularities Network (NSRN) are asking in their call for proposals for a conference in July at Oxford, GB:

„Major secular pilgrimage sites, such as to Abbey Road in London, or to Elvis Presley’s home ‘Graceland’, or Jim Morrison’s (The Doors) grave site in Paris, attract astonishing numbers of ‘pilgrims’. What are the similarities and differences between sacred and secular pilgrimages? More and more we are living in a ‘global village’ and the ‘pilgrimage in my front room’ phenomenon is facilitated by video and satellite links. These changes raise the question: must pilgrimages, whether sacred or secular, always involve a physical journey ‘in league’ with others? Virtual or alternative pilgrimages are important topics for consideration; so, too, are related online experiences that recreate the pilgrimage or tourism experience in a virtual world.“

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