Opening the Door

Barry Stephenson

in Performing the Reformation

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732753
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Opening the Door

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In this chapter, The Theses Door of Wittenberg’s Schlosskirche is described and analyzed as a ritual-architectural event. Wittenberg’s Schlosskirche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the historical significance of the Reformation. Ethnographic description of contemporary cultural performances in Wittenberg is set in historical context, and the Theses Door is examined in terms of processes of place-making and cultural memory. The chapter develops a performative approach to interpreting place, by focusing on the events, performances, and rites occasioned by Luther’s Theses Door.

Keywords: Theses Door; place; architecture; identity; ritual; cultural memory; Wittenberg

Chapter.  6344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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