1st Edition

Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe
Crossing the Borders

ISBN 9781138269781
Published October 30, 2016 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Since the beginning of the anthropology of pilgrimage, scant attention has been paid to pilgrimage and pilgrim places in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. Seeking to address such a deficit, this book brings together scholars from central, eastern and south-eastern Europe to explore the crossing of borders in terms of the relationship between pilgrimage and politics, and the role which this plays in the process of both sacred and secular place-making. With contributions from a range of established and new academics, including anthropologists, historians and ethnologists, Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe presents a fascinating collection of case studies and discussions of religious, political and secular pilgrimage across the region.

Table of Contents

Introduction: crossing the borders, John Eade and Mario Katić; Part I Creating New and Reclaiming Old Religious Homes: From the chapel on the hill to national shrine: creating a pilgrimage ‘home’ for Bosnian Croats, Mario Katić; Pilgrimages to Gökçeada (Imvros), a Graeco-Turkish contested place: religious tourism or a way to reclaim the homeland?, Giorgos Tsimouris. Part II Inter-Religious Dialogue and Intra-Religious Competition: Pilgrimage site beyond politics: experience of the sacred and inter-religious dialogue in Bosnia, Marijana Belaj and Zvonko Martić; Competing sacred places: making and remaking of national shrines in contemporary Poland, Anna Niedźwiedź. Part III Reconstructing Religious and Secular Space: From religious to secular and back again: Christian pilgrimage space in Albania, Konstantinos Giakoumis; Sterilization and re-sacralization of the places of secular pilgrimage: moving monuments, meanings and crowds in Estonia, Polina Tšerkassova; Secular journeys, sacred places: pilgrimage and home-making in the Himarë/Himara area of Southern Albania, Nataša Gregorič Bon. Part IV: Concluding thoughts, Glenn Bowman. Bibliography; Index.

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John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor at University College London. His main research areas are global migration, cultural diversity, identity politics and pilgrimage. He is co-editor of Reframing Pilgrimage (2004) and Contesting the Sacred: The Anthropology of Christian Pilgrimage (1991). He has edited singly and jointly seven other volumes, and is also a single author of two books. Mario Katić is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zadar. His main research areas are pilgrimage, place and space, death and memory. He is editor of Usora: past, customs and everyday life (2011), and co-editor of two further volumes dealing with pilgrimage, tourism and Bosnian Croats.


’This volume provides fresh insights into the relation between religion, identity and place in Eastern Europe. It challenges stereotypes about society, religion and politics by bringing together seminal ethnographic studies on a wide range of pilgrimage practices that can be observed today.’ Maria Couroucli, Comité national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France