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Journal: Quotidian Journal for the Study of Everyday Life

Quotidian is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, focused on the study of everyday life. It promotes the study of culture as a lived experience. The journal features theoretical, empirical and historical research on a broad range of cultural practices, such as: rituals, festivities, group cultures, popular culture, events, material culture and folklore. Allthough the journal is rooted in the Dutch academy, Quotidian welcomes submissions from all over Europe.

Quotidan is available electronically on Amsterdam University Press, and can be visited online at The journal is made possible by a donation from the Meertens Institute, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Its editors are: Sophie Elpers, Maartje Hoogsteyns, Stijn Reijnders (etnologie@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it).

Call for papers

For the first number of Quotidian, papers are invited on topics which appear relevant to the overall aim of the journal: the study of everyday life. Allthough the journal is rooted in the Dutch academy, Quotidian welcomes submissions from all over Europe. Papers are welcome from a range of different disciplines, including, but not limited to, ethnology, folklore studies, history, cultural studies, media studies and archeology.

Papers, between 5000 and 8000 words, in English or Dutch should be sent to etnologie@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 May 2009. For style of referencing please contact us. All articles will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers. We are looking forward to your contributions. Please note: Quotidian is also inviting reviewers.

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In this project the concept ‘From Hadewijch tot Hazes’ is explored, i.e. a song culture from religious music in the Middle Ages to present-day folksingers. The process of tradition and renewal implies a constant production and consumption of new songs, while old songs may be maintained, reconsidered, changed and loaded with new meanings – or simply forgotten. special attention will be given to editions of songs by Hadewijch and Jacob Cats, the Thysius Lute Manuscript, theare music and links between medieval repertoire and orally transmitted songs.

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This project explores the complex relationships between the domestic interiors and domestic practices of migrant families, their migration histories, class, gender and generational differences, fashion trends, notions of ethnicity and feelings of belonging.

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This project studies the relation between group cultures and local identities on the basis of various sources. The concept of Material Culture is defined as ‘the meaningful interaction between people and artefacts.

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Research on the meanings and the religious and political dimensions of processes of ‘memorialization’ and commemmoration regarding people, objects, events and ideas in modern Western society.

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Three projects are grouped within this umbrellaproject. They all deal with ethnological and historical research on variations within religious culture of everyday life in modern Western society. The research focus is not on the institutionalized churches, but on vernacular or lived religion and on alternative and new forms of religion and new religious movements. Theme’s as civil religion and implicit religion will be adressed. From a historical perspective research is executed on the culture wars of the 19th century and the mutual influencing of religious practices in relation to church, state and society.
Shrines and Pilgrimage
Historical-anthropological research on sacred sites and spaces, the idolization and veneration of persons and objects, and pilgrimage and its material culture in Western culture.
Apparitions in Contestation
Research on marginal conservative catholic communities and religious movements, usually related to non-acknowledged devotional cults and Marian apparitions, which articulate themselves in contestative, heterodox ways in writing, messsages or performances in order to resist modernity and modernistic themes and developments in church and society.
Implicit Religion
Research on hidden or implicit forms of religiosity verborgen in everyday life and which seem not to be related to traditonal, churchly forms of religion  (like civil religion, silence, nrm’s).

Coördinator: drs. Eveline Doelman
Researcher: idem

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Since the late nineteenth century, and increasingly so in the last decades of the twentieth century, a new annual cycle of festive occasions has evolved: those of special ‘Days’. In claiming a Day on the calendar, various organized groups have sought to promote a particular idea or ideal. Focusing on the examples of Animal Day and Arbor Day, the project will investigate how these days were festively filled in to serve as ideological instruments. Examined will be how these days could obtain and maintain solid places on the calender, next to the ‘traditional’ festive days, and – in the course of the twentieth century – in a context of an increasing number of special days and under the influence of processes of commercializing and medializing. In particular will be looked at processes of appropriation of these days (articulation of identities) among organizing as well as recipient groups, and the expression of that in the public as well as in the private domain.

Heritage Dynamics: Politics of Authentication and Aesthetics of Persuasion in Brazil, Ghana, South Africa and the Netherlands

Coordinators: Prof.dr. Birgit Meyer (VU), Dr. Mattijs van de Port (ASSR), Prof.dr. Herman Roodenburg (Meertens Instituut), Dr. Marleen Witte (VU)
Research participants: 3 PhD positions financed by NWO: Markus Balkenhol (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam), Duane Jethro (South Africa), Maria Paula Adinolfi (Brazil)

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This multidisciplinary, international, comparative program focuses on (a) the framing of cultural heritage in multicultural arenas, (b) its intersection with citizenship and identity, (c) attempts to designcultural heritage in such a way that it appear as ‘authentic’ and ‘real’ (politics of authentication) and (d) the extent to which cultural heritage is – or is not – subjectively experienced as objectively real (aesthetics of persuasion) in Brazil, Ghana, South Africa and the Netherlands. Combining (1) a thorough analysis of the processes by which canons-in-the-making are re-mediated with (2) an in-depth empirical study of how cultural heritage becomes inscribed into understandings of self through embodied performances, this project seeks (3) to develop a comparative framework, and (4) to move cultural analysis beyond the trodden paths of constructivist and essentializing approaches.