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  • Warandelaan 2, Dante Building, room D 223

    5037 AB Tilburg

    Netherlands

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1978 …2019
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Personal profile

Research interests

My research concerns rituals, more specific the following areas: modern devotion: research into developments in contemporary ritual settings, popular religious ritual (pelgrimage), memorial culture. Currently there is a strong focus on place and space of ritual, on ritual and sacred zones in our culture.

PhD supervision

see PDF file: CV+Publications.Paul.Post.actueel

Career

 Dr. Paul Post (1953) studied in Utrecht and Rome (Theology, Religious and Ritual Studies, Christian Art). Since 1986 he has been involved as coordinator in a large-scaled multidisciplinary research programme on Christian pilgrimage. From 1988 until 1994 he was Head of the Department of European Ethnology at the Meertens Institute (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in Amsterdam. There he initiated and coordinated a national programme on Places of pilgrimage in the Netherlands. Since 1994 he is Professor of Liturgical and Ritual Studies at the Tilburg Faculty of Theology, now: Department Religious Studies and Theology) and Director of the interfaculty and interuniversity Institute for Liturgical and Ritual Studies located in Tilburg. In the period 1991-2001 he was a member of the steering committee of the national research programme Dutch Culture in a European Context (a national priority programme of NWO). In 2006 he was a member of the national assessment panel Theology/Religious Studies of Finland (coordinated by the Academy of Finland in Helsinki). From Tilburg he initiated and coordinated a research programme on Disaster ritual (2000-2001; funded by the KNAW) and on dynamics of ritual space in modern western society (2006-2009; Holy Ground: reinventing ritual space in modern Western culture, together with prof.dr. A.L. Molendijk (RUG), funded by NWO, cf. The Future of the Religious Past). From 2007 he has initiated and coordinates (together with Prof. W. van Beek, PhD) an international programme on Sacred sites (2007ss.; funded by SANPAD), a collaboration of Tilburg and Bloemfontein (SA). He is research director of the Department Religious Studies and Theology, and since 2010 vice dean for research of the Faculty of Humanities.

His main interests are theory and methods of ritual and liturgical studies, the anthropological dimensions of ritual, popular religion (especially pilgrimage), religious iconography and architecture, and (post)modern developments in ritual. For the last five years all his research has been concentrated around the theme of located religion and ritual space.

 

He is editor-in-chief of Liturgia condenda (international series, Peeters: Leuven), Meander (national series), editor-in-chief of Jaarboek voor liturgie-onderzoek, and Netherlands Studies in Ritual and Liturgy, Member Advisory Board of Questions Liturgiques / Studies in Liturgy, Member of Societas Liturgica, and AKL (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Katholischer Liturgiedozenten/Innen im Deutschen Sprachgebiet).

 Supervision projects: PhD projects completed: 11; current PhD projects: 12; postdoc projects: completed: 2; in progress: 1.

Recent books: (ed.): Een ander huis. Kerkarchitectuur na 2000 (Hilversum 1997); with J. Pieper en M. van Uden: The modern pilgrim (Leuven 1998); Het wonder van Dokkum. Verkenningen van populair religieus ritueel (Nijmegen 2000); (with M. Barnard, ed.): Ritueel bestek. Antropologische kernwoorden van de liturgie (Zoetermeer 2001); (et al. ed.): Christian feast and festival (Leuven 2001); (with L. van Tongeren, ed.): Devotioneel ritueel (Kampen 2001); (et al.): Disaster ritual (2003); Space for liturgy (Groningen/Tilburg 2004); Liturgische bewegingen. Thema?s, trends en perspectieven in tien jaar liturgiestudie (2006); (ed. with B. Kranemann): Die modernen ?Ritual Studies? als Herausforderung für die Liturgiewissenschaft / Modern Ritual Studies as a challenge for liturgical studies (2009);  with Arie L. Molendijk (eds.): Holy Ground. Re-inventing ritual space in modern western culture (= Liturgia condenda 24) (Leuven: Peeters 2010) ; Voorbij het ker

Keywords

  • Sacred Space
  • Space For Liturgy
  • Christian Liturgy
  • Religion
  • Popular Religious Rituals
  • Pilgrimage And Pilgrimage
  • Ritual Studies
  • Rituals
  • Disaster ritual
  • Cyber ritual
  • Redundant churches

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Research Output 1978 2019

@Ritual: Contested and inauthentic

Post, P., 2019, Absent Ritual: Exploring the ambivalences and dynamics of ritual. Post, P. & Hoondert, M. (eds.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, p. 205-215 (Ritual Studies Monographs Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Absent Ritual: Exploring the ambivalence and dynamics of ritual

Post, P. (ed.) & Hoondert, M. (ed.), 2019, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. 253 p. (Ritual Studies Monographs Series)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

Absent ritual through ritual secrecy and concealment

Post, P., 2019, Absent Ritual: Exploring the ambivalences and dynamics of ritual. Post, P. & Hoondert, M. (eds.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, p. 187-203 (Ritual Studies Monographs Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Disappearing ritual: Redundant church buildings

Post, P., 2019, Absent Ritual: Exploring the ambivalence and dynamics of ritual. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, p. 45-62 (Ritual Studies Monographs Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Ein Panorama der Ritualdynamik: Bereiche und Trends

Post, P., 2019, Provozierte Kasualpraxis: Rituale in Bewegung. Wagner-Rau, U. & Handke, E. (eds.). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, p. 21-43 (Praktische Theologie heute; vol. 166).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 2014 2019

Masterclass with dr Heather Warfield, Therapeutic journeys, a master class on the therapeutic dimension of rituals. A Camino Academy event, hosted by DCU at Tilburg University

Paul Post (Contributor), Suzanne van der Beek (Organiser)
3 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a workshop, seminar, course etc.Professional

Key note: The Lampedusa Cross en andere relieken van grensdoden

Paul Post (Speaker)
23 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Key note opening lecture: Panorama Ritual Dynamics: Fields & Trends

Paul Post (Speaker)
12 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

mini-symposium What is 'new' about the modern pilgrim?

P.G.J. Post (Contributor)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific

publieksbijeenkomst van de Camino Academie: Nieuwe pelgrims

P.G.J. Post (Contributor)
22 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferencePopular

Press / Media

Interview serie door Govert Schilling

P.G.J. Post

1/11/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Abracadabra: interview met Paul Post

P.G.J. Post

1/04/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Nederland is ritueel competent (Vliegramp Malaysia Airlines)

P.G.J. Post

29/07/14

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Nederland is ritueel competent (Vliegramp Malaysia Airlines)

Paul Post

29/07/14

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment