William Arfman
  • Warandelaan 2, Dante Building, room D 221

    5037 AB Tilburg



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Research interests

My primary expertise lies within the field of ritual studies, with a special interest in the role of material culture in the dynamics of changing rituals. A special interest goes out to the ways in which (new) ritual experts deal with such societal forces as individualization, pluralism and superdiversity, as well as to the role of ritual in late modern society.

Currently, these various interests come together in my research into the design of rituals after disasters and atrocities.

Current courses

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External positions

Executive commitee member (vice-treasurer) (European Association for the Study of Religions)

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2026

Commitee member (Dutch Association for the Study of Religion)

1 May 2017 → …


  • Religious Diversity
  • Ritual Studies
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Religion And Public Domain
  • Rituals
  • Religion And Culture
  • Commemoration
  • Ritual Dynamics
  • Modernisation


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