We invite submissions for a peer-reviewed, edited volume of works that explore supplications or asking rituals in specific ethnographic cases. Of particular interest is how prayers or asking rituals produce hope and constantly redefine notions of pity, poverty, and deprivation in the American continent, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Contributions might examine various acts of prayer and oral rites and how, through them, the indigenous poor contradict state and transnational definitions of poverty and account for natural resources according to particular property regimes. We are interested in works that approach this line of query from various directions, however, and encourage submissions that address requesting, oral rites and poverty in invigorating ways.

Potential questions/topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Rogation prayers and asking rituals
  • The particular use of oral rites in defining factors of poverty
  • The significance of favor and compassion in particular indigenous ideologies
  • Asking for money, development and representation from governments
  • The conceptualization of new subjectivities through requesting performances and, in turn, the potential of the indigenous poor in national politics
  • How individual prayers and community rites address masters and forces of nature


Interested contributors are invited to send an abstract of 250 words and a brief biographical sketch by March 30, 2014 to askingrituals@gmail.com.

Contributions should be roughly 6,000 words (prepared according to the latest version of the MLA style) and submitted by May 30, 2014.

Submissions may be written in Portuguese, Spanish, English, or French.

More info in http://askingrituals.wordpress.com

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