Sacred Experience and Aesthetic Connections in Religious Festivals

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 301

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Center for Religious Studies, Faculty of Theology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 8320000, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Interests: religious studies; theology of art; icon painting; Christian Eastern theology; Latin American popular religion

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Guest Editor Assistant
Research in Sociology of Religion (ISOR), Departament of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, 09193 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: popular Christianity; ritual activities and festivals

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Center for Jewish Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, University of Chile, Santiago 8320000, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Interests: material religious studies; religious visual culture; religious uses of images; sacred objects in museums; art and the sacred; catholic holy cards; lived religion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Studies on festivals have gained special relevance since the beginning of the 20th century. They are a fundamental form of social life, which has accompanied the development of culture since the very origins of humanity. On the other hand, the performative nature of a festival has been insistently underlined, which means that it is embodied and expressed through various forms of art (in a broad sense).

Within the different festive typologies that are currently recognized, the religious festival is identified as an archetype. We understand by religious festival that in which a sacred agency is manifested, which constitutes and unites the festive congregation, and which is materialized in various artistic devices such as images, music, dance, etc. In turn, throughout history, art has become an eminent way of expressing the experience of the sacred, an experience that we characterize as overflow or saturation of meaning, also characteristic elements of the festive event. Art and festival, to a certain extent, are two sides of the same coin.

This Special Issue aims to address the relationship between art and religious festivals. It seeks to analyze this relationship from the intersection between social sciences, arts, and humanities, paying special attention to the empirical dimension of the festive event and the material-sensory nature of the artistic expressions that constitute it. A special emphasis is placed in contexts where, contrary to all forecasts of secularization, the religious festival became a catalyst for modernization processes. Case studies, theoretical discussions, or historical reviews are proposed, without being exclusive, as research areas.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 200–300 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the Guest Editors, Dr. Federico Aguirre (, © Dr. Wilson Muñoz (, © Dr. Lily Jimenez ( or to the Assistant Editor of Religions, Ms. Margaret Liu ( Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

Deadline for abstract submission: 3 July 2024

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Federico Aguirre
Guest Editor

Wilson Muñoz
Lily Jimenez
Guest Editor Assistants

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  • art and the sacred
  • religious festivals
  • popular/lived religion
  • material religion studies
  • visual and performance studies

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