a series of public lectures and colloquia in the Academic Year 2008/09 (The series is now over)
Given that sacrifice is at the heart of traditional religion, it is not surprising that increasing research in religion over the past decade has led to a renewed interest in sacrifice as well.
In many ways the study of sacrifice seems to be emblematic for the promises as well as the difficulties that have beset the study of religion overall: understanding its significance appears to offer the key for some of the most central elements of human interaction, such as gift exchange, renunciation, or violence; at the same time its very conceptualisation in a way not already presupposing a particular framework of interpretation (for example that of Christian theology) seems ever more elusive.
This project looks at modern debates about sacrifice in an interdisciplinary context. It includes theological, anthropological, historical, and philosophical perspectives.