In Latvia, there will be three main research directions. The first is to study the history and current development of Aglona Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a major religious centre and pilgrimage destination. This focus is related to varied experiences and connected narratives of the Latvian pilgrims on various pilgrimage routes, in the Baltics and beyond. Lastly it will be contextualised in the study of historical development and typology of those newly created sacred sites in Latvian and all there Baltic States, that have emerged after the restauration of independence, such as Pokaiņi grove, Hill of Christ the King, Self-Cognition and Harmonization Park in Sigulda, Merkine Pyramid in Lithuania and many others.
The Latvian national team is currently comprised of one person – dr. phil. Agita Misāne. She will be joined by a part time research assistant in 2021.
Researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia