Ritual in Society

Ritual in Society is a renewed, fully English-taught Master's specialization within the Master's program Culture Studies.


Rituals are indispensable for human beings, in past and present. The important moments in human life are always highlighted by rituals. In addition to ritual’s traditional function of marking key moments in individual life, people assign great value to rituals as instruments to achieve social cohesion, as means of coping with collective shock and bereavement, and as powerful tools to remember the past or open up to the future. Apart from such a predominantly positive use of rituals, it should be noted that ritual is also a contested phenomenon. Ritual is all about inclusion and exclusion and about power and display in the public domain. Moreover, ritual is dynamic and fluid; it is an excellent gauge of cultural diversity and societal developments. Therefore, the study of ritual is of vital importance for understanding society.

Your lecturers are nationally and internationally renowned scholars who will introduce you to the field of ritual studies on the basis of their own research. They will present to you both the state of the art in ritual studies as well as the most recent developments in their various disciplines. The MA in Ritual in Society offers you a unique, multidisciplinary program with a focus on ritual dynamics in contemporary Europe with regular forays into the global context.


Alumnus Stefan Franz

"I managed to publish several articles in magazines and newspapers, mainly about Dutch civil rituals and the MH17 disaster which my Master's thesis was about."


Ritual in Society in short

Specialization ofCulture Studies
LanguageEnglish
StartThe end of August
Duration12 months
TitleMaster of Arts (MA)
Best preparatory Bachelor'sTo be assessed on an individual basis
PremasterAvailable in English





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