SIL International Media Release

Ethnic Kenyan worldview paper presented at conference on ritual

(September 2008) The 12th Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration and Public Display, is being held 25–27 September at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. The conference celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Les Rites des Passage, by Arnold Van Gennep.

Ashdown teaching in Kenya at a tertiary institution Ashdown teaching at a tertiary institution in Kenya

SIL anthropologist Shelley Ashdown, D.Miss., is presenting a paper titled, "The ceremony of eldership among the Ndorobo of Kenya: Notions of obligation and time continuity." She teaches at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas.

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The purpose of the annual conference is to stimulate research about topics relating to rites of passage from international popular culture. It was organized by the Faculty of the Department of Popular Culture of BGSU, the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association.

Ndorobo woman and Ashdown Ashdown's fieldwork was in Kenya

Each of the 27 papers involves original research, and is analytical or theoretical in nature. Papers are scheduled in eight panels, each consisting of three or four papers on related topics. Ashdown is presenting her paper in the panel on "Performance of Death."

Ashdown teaches at GIAL in Dallas, Texas Ashdown teaches at GIAL in Dallas, Texas

Panel topics

  • Immigration, Performance and Identity
  • Applications of Research
  • Emerging Festival
  • Case Studies of Ceremonies
  • Public Display
  • Ritual in Artistic Expressions
  • Ritual Failure? Theorizing Rites of Passage
  • The Performance of Death
  • Transnational Holidays

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