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Personal profile

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

Lecturer (Departement Filosofie en Religiewetenschap)

1 Aug 2015 → …


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

Research Output 2013 2018

Cultural Practices of Victimhood

Hoondert, M., Mutsaers, P. & Arfman, W., 2018, Abdingdon: Routledge. 257 p. (Victims, Culture and Society)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific


Hoondert, M., Mutsaers, P. & Arfman, W., 2018, Cultural Practices of Victimhood. Hoondert, M., Mutsaers, P. & Arfman, W. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-16 16 p. (Victims, Culture and Society ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The Cultural Complexity of Victimhood

Arfman, W., Mutsaers, P., Van Der Aa, J. & Hoondert, M., 2016, p. 1-19, 19 p. (Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies; no. 163).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

Ritual dynamics in late modernity: The case of the emerging field of collective commemoration

Arfman, W. R., 2014, [s.l.]: Sidestone Press. 119 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

Musicalizing All Souls' Day Rituals

Hoondert, M. J. M. & Arfman, W. R., 2013, In : Jaarboek voor Liturgie-onderzoek. 29, 1, p. 113-131 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review