CFP: Habits and Rituals. Special Issue Open Information Science/De Gruyter

Submission deadline: November 30, 2017

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Open Informations Science - De Gruyter

Special Issue: “Habits and Rituals”$0026_Rituals/special-issue-habits-and-rituals

Guest Editors:

Raffaela Giovagnoli (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Chalmers University of Technology & University of Gothenburg)


Habits and rituals play a fundamental role in human life and are worthy to be considered also because they can represent a form of knowledge. They have been considered almost by disciplines like anthropology, sociology and psychology. Philosophy as well offers interesting analyses from different perspectives, from Aristotle to Bourdieu.  Aristotle relates habits to virtues, while Peircean habits connect to the life of symbols. Of all human belief systems and practices, religions are strongest connected to habits and rituals in form of prayers, meditations, sacrifices, sermons, services, trances, initiation rites and more. The debate on rituals is very lively in contemporary thought, and it shows how rituals are important to understand human nature also in relationship with non human beings. The disruptive cultural change caused by the process of digitalization invites for discussion of induced changes in habits and practices.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Conceptions and functions of habits from different disciplines (psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, robotics, food studies etc.)
  • Relation between habits and rituals. Do they find their ontological ground in the same process even though they have different functions?
  • Conceptions and functions of rituals, clarification of the difference (if any) between “ritual” and “rite”, emotions and rituals, rituals in the social and virtual environment, religious rituals in the contemporary society.

Invited contributors:

Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia), Soren Brier (Copenhagen Business School), Jean-Yves Beziau (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Fiorella Operto (School of Robotics, Italy), Anna Kawalec (John Paul II, Catholic University Lublin), Pawal Kawalec (John Paul II, Catholic University Lublin), Robert Lowe (University of Gothenburg), Guido Seddone (University of Leipzig), Fabio Dei (University of Pisa), Walter Gomide (Federal University of Mato Grosso), Lorenzo D’Orsi (University of Milan, Bicocca), Luciana Baroni (Scientific Society of Vegetarian Nutrition, Italy).

Deadline for submissions: 

Send your manuscript in MS word - standard DOCUMENT (DOC) to by November 30, 2017

For any further information please contact Raffaela Giovagnoli,

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