Studium Generale - Celebrate in corona times

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year; A Webinar on How to Celebrate in Corona Times

Date: Time: 19:30 Location: Online via Zoom

How do we celebrate in corona times? What is your approach? Will family be joining online or face-to-face? Do we need new rituals? Associate Professor Dr. Martin Hoondert will give examples of rituals in contemporary society, and sociologist Prof. Dr. Peter Achterberg shares his views on the matter. (English / Certificate*)

Time: 19:30-20:30 hrs. Online via Zoom
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How to Celebrate in Corona Times

Between Saint Nicholas and Christmas, we wonder what the holiday month of December will be like this year.

How do you celebrate when it is difficult to live up to the lyrics:

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

There'll be much mistltoeing

and hearts will be glowing

when loved ones are near’.

Do we create new rituals? What is the influence of marketing and the media on how we celebrate and experience this month?

Associate Professor Martin Hoondert is specialized in music and rituals. He will share his views with us and will give examples of new, absent, failing and postponed rituals in contemporary society. Professor of Sociology Peter Achterberg will share his view on the matter.

Your own experiences

We are faced with unique problems this month. Creating solidarity around Christmas is fundamentally different when you can’t be together with family and friends. What is your approach? Will grandma be joining the celebrations by iPad? Do you decorate your home more abundantly than in other years? How do you 'celebrate life'?

In this webinar, we are also going to gather your ideas and experiences to be used for further research. This pandemic affects society now but its impact will probably be felt in the years to come. What can we learn from our experiences? What new insights will last?

Martin Hoondert

Dr. Martin J.M. Hoondert studied musicology and theology and specializes in music and rituals. Since 2007,  he has been Associate Professor of ‘Music, Religion & Ritual’ at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University.  His expertise is in ritual studies, musicology, death studies, and memory studies. He combines these fields in most of his research projects. He applies this knowledge in his research regarding contemporary death rituals and commemorative practices after atrocities.

Peter Achterberg

Professor Dr. Peter Achterberg is a cultural sociologist with a general interest in studying cultural, political, and religious change in the West. Much of his work deals with the question of how people attribute meaning to the changing world surrounding them, whether these meanings have consequences for their behavior, and, of course, how these (changing and differing) meanings can be explained.

Suzanne Bollen

Webinar host and Tilburg University graduate Suzanne Bollen will make sure that it is an informative webinar with plenty of room for you to react, share your thoughts and ask questions.

The New Common

Will the changes that society is now undergoing as a result of the corona outbreak be permanent? What other changes await us? Count on a permanent 'New Common', Tilburg scientists say.

Studium Generale and the Development and Alumni Relations Office of Tilburg University are organizing a series of webinars on this ‘New Common’. This webinar is the first in the series.


Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* This event may count towards the Studium Generale Certificate.

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The corona crisis has compounded major societal challenges. Tilburg University shares knowledge and insights to reshape our society. We are happy to discuss this New Common.