Conference on Art and Ritual in Asian Cultures, March 20-21, 2009. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Click here for the conference schedule. Art and ritual empower individuals to communicate their innermost sentiments across temporal, spatial and social boundaries. They offer frameworks and media through which bodily confines are transcended through the structuring support of religious and secular institutions. Art and ritual are exemplary in showing how society shapes our bodily comportment and how, conversely, refined and stylized somatic performance help sustain our institutions and even transform social contexts.