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Ritual in Society


Ritual in Society is a master program in English at Tilburg University.
Rituals are indispensable for human beings, in past and present. The important moments in human life are always highlighted with rituals. In addition to ritual's traditional function of marking key moments in human life, people assign great value to rituals as instruments to achieve social cohesion, as means of coping with grief and bereavement, and as powerful tools to remember the past. 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.

Location: Tilburg, the Netherlands

Duration: 1 year

Main Subjects: Ritual Studies: Patterns and Persons, Civil Ritual and Civil Religion, Contested Ritual Space and Religious Diversity

Possible careers: research (PhD; contract research), education, ritual facilitator,ritual consultancy, consultancy (culture; memory culture; museum), journalism, editorial and publishing work, policy work (minorities policy; diversity), project work, human resource management, scholarly travel agency

Admission requirements:
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as general Culture Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies
• Legalized translation of the diploma (if not in English)
• Bachelor's or Master's thesis or an essay completed during your studies
• TOEFL with minimum 90 score or IELTS with minimum 6.5 or CAE or CPE
• Motivation letter
• CV

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