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Dr. Martin J.M. Hoondert (* 1967) studied musicology and theology and is specialized in music and rituals. Since 2007 he is (associate) professor of ‘Music, Religion & Ritual’ at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University (the Netherlands). His research focuses on ‘music and death’ and ‘practices of memorialization’. His research topics are: the contemporary Requiem, musical repertories of funeral rites, commemoration and music, music and grief, music and the First and Second World War, practices of memorialization regarding genocide (esp. Rwanda and Srebrenica). In cooperation with the universities of Cardiff (UK), Leuven (Belgium) and San Sebastian (Spain) he has established a network focusing on research into practices of memorialization and the process of social reconstruction after atrocities.


My expertise is in ritual studies, musicology, death studies and memory studies. In most of my research projects I combine these fields. For many scholars studying rituals, music is a 'blind spot', due to a lack of musical knowledge and a language to describe the way music functions in and as ritual. I have written several articles and books about the ritual and socio-religious function (cf. Durkheim) of music. I apply this knowledge in my research regarding contemporary death rituals (esp. in the crematorium) and commemorative practices after atrocities (esp. the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica).



I initiated an international research network regarding Practices of Memorialization after Human Rights Violations. See: www.pracmem.eu.

I am active member of the COST Action program "Cultural Victimology". One of the Working Groups in this COST Action concerns Victimology in Cultural Expressions. Victims and victimization are important themes in art. In film, literature and pop music, victims’ stories come to the fore. Or artists express their anger against the consequences of war and (sexual) violence. In the current phase of the COST Action we are working on the network. We are looking for researchers who work on ‘victim/victimization and (pop) music’. See for an overview of the COST Action this link: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18121/%20-%20tabs%7CName:overview/#tabs|Name:overview.

Recent publications

  1. The Srebrenica Exhibition

    Berg, D. V. D., & Hoondert, M. J. M. (2020). The Srebrenica Exhibition. Oñati Socio-Legal Series.
  2. Das Requiem und die beiden Weltkriege. Tod – Erinnerung – Trost – Mus…

    Hoondert, M. (2019). Das Requiem und die beiden Weltkriege. Tod – Erinnerung – Trost – Musik. In B. Ramakers (Ed.), Memento Mori. Sterben und Begraben in einem ruralen Grenzgebiedt (pp. 279-291). Nederlands Agronomisch Historisch Instituut.
  3. Eerder hemels dan hels - Juryrapport Volzin-Schijfwedstrijd 2018

    Hoondert, M. (2019). Eerder hemels dan hels: Juryrapport Volzin-Schijfwedstrijd 2018. Volzin, 18(1), 30-31.
  4. Emerging Ritual - Divorce Ritual

    Hoondert, M. (2019). Emerging Ritual: Divorce Ritual. In P. Post, & M. Hoondert (Eds.), Absent Ritual. Exploring the ambivalence and dynamics of ritual (pp. 31-44). (Ritual Studies Monograph Series). Carolina Academic Press.
  5. How to make the best funeral?

    Hoondert, M. (Author), & Bruin-Mollenhorst, J. (Author). (2019). How to make the best funeral?. Digital or Visual Products https://remembermeproject.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/how-to-make-the-best-funeral/

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