Dr. William R. Arfman

Doing interdisciplinary research is my passion and I therefore consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to follow a Research Master in Archaeology/Anthropology of Mesoamerica and a Master in Comparative Religion as well as having worked at the highly interdisciplinary Centre for Thanatology of the Radboud University.

As a result of these forays into various disciplines my interests in the highly interdisciplinary fields of ritual studies and material culture studies have started to run like a red thread through my own research. On a more thematic level I’m particularly interested in the influences of globalisation, secularisation and modernity on religion in general, and rituals for the dead in particular.

Currently I am working on a PhD project for the University of Tilburg.

Books by William R. Arfman

Analysing allerzielen alom

Material culture in an emerging rite

William R. Arfman | 2011

Since 2005 Dutch artists Ida van der Lee’s Allerzielen Alom (or All Souls’ All around) project, as well as its various offshoots, have flowered throughout the Netherlands. In doing so they have brought a diverse…

Visiting the Calvario at Mitla, Oaxaca

A critical look at the continuity of a religious practice

William R. Arfman | 2008

In the centre of the Mexican town of Mitla stands a run-down chapel on an overgrown pre-colonial pyramid. The chapel, housing three crosses, is the town’s Calvario, the local representation of the hill on which…

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