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Brenda Mathijssen

Brenda Mathijssen is an associate professor at the Faculty Religion, Culture, and Society. She is Vice Dean and acting Director of Education. Mathijssen specializes in the geography and psychology of religion. Her research focuses on the significance of religion and meaning in everyday life, with a particular focus on the significance of death and rituals in society. ‘My interest is focused on how people give meaning to and in life. This includes major events like birth and death, for example, but also day-to-day life experiences like feeling at home somewhere or not at all, the sensation of being on the move, changes due to migration, and how we interact with the world around us.’

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Publications

2024

Mathijssen, B., & Venhorst, C. (2024). Death's Ritual-Symbolic Performance. In D. J. Davies (Ed.), A Cultural History of Death (Vol. 6, pp. 79-97). (The Cultural Histories Series). Bloomsbury.

2023

Maddrell, A., Mathijssen, B., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., & McNally, D. (2023). Hindu mobilities and cremation: Minority, migrant and gendered dialogues and dialectics in English and Welsh towns. In A. Maddrell, S. Kmec, T. Priya Uteng, & M. Westendorp (Eds.), Mobilities in Life and Death : Negotiating Room for Migrants and Minorities in European Cemeteries (pp. 21-42). (IMISCOE Research Series). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28284-3_2
Mathijssen, B. (2023). Ritual Worlding: Exploring the Self-and-world-making Efficacy of Rituals. Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies, 39, 20-44. https://doi.org/10.21827/YRLS.39.20-44
McClymont, K., Beebeejaun, Y., Maddrell, A., Mathijssen, B., McNally, D., & Abid Dogra, S. (2023). Theres no place like home: minority-majority dialogue, contestation, and ritual negotiation in cemeteries and crematoria spaces. In D. House, & M. Westendorp (Eds.), New Perspectives on Urban Deathscapes (pp. 61-81). Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781802202397.00010

2022

Wojtkowiak, J., & Mathijssen, B. (Eds.) (2022). Birth and Death: Studying Ritual, Embodied Practices and Spirituality at the Start and End of Life. (Religion; Vol. 13, No. 820). MDPI AG. https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-0365-5416-7
Wojtkowiak, J., & Mathijssen, B. (2022). Editorial: Birth and Death: Studying Ritual, Embodied Practices and Spirituality at the Start and End of Life. Religions, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13090820
Mathijssen, B. (2022). Grenzen van de dood. SoAP : Sociologisch Antropologisch Periodiek , 2022(mei), 13-16. https://issuu.com/soapgroningen/docs/soap_2021-2022_editie_ii_alumni_over_mijn_lijk_iss
Mathijssen, B. (2022). Plaatsen van betekenis, betekenissen van plaats. De Begraafplaats : vakblad van de Landelijke Organisatie van Begraafplaatsen, 2022(6).
Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., McNally, D., & Mathijssen, B. (2022). Remembering, forgetting and (dis)enfranchised grief in everyday settings in English and Welsh towns: Migrants’ and minorities’ translocal and local memories associated with funerary spaces and practices. Emotion, Space and Society, 44, Article 100895. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2022.100895
Maddrell, A., & Mathijssen, B. (2022). Situating the Dead: Cemeteries as Material, Symbolic, and Relational Space. In J. H. Kilde (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religious Space (pp. 525-541). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190874988.013.28
Mathijssen, B. (2022). Thisworldly afterlives: The religious, biosocial and ecological sustainability of the deceased. In R. McManus (Ed.), The sustainable dead: searching for the intolerable (pp. 10-28). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Maddrell, A. (Author), Bias, S. (Designer), Aggarwal, N. (Author), Islam, F. (Author), & Mathijssen, B. (Author). (2022). Why are there different funeral rituals?. Digital or Visual Products

2021

Mathijssen, B., McNally, D., Dogra, S., Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., & McClymont, K. (2023). Diverse teams researching diversity: Negotiating identity, place and embodiment in qualitative research. Qualitative Research, 23(1), 55-71. https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941211006004
Mathijssen, B. (2023). The human corpse as aesthetic-therapeutic. Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying, 28(1), 37-53. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2021.1876009
Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., Maddrell, A., Mathijssen, B., & McNally, D. (2021). Death in the Peripheries: Planning for Minority Ethnic Groups beyond "the City". Journal of planning education and research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X211043275
Mathijssen, B. (2021). De rituele driehoek: Hoe handelingen, voorwerpen en plaatsen helpen om te gaan met levensgebeurtenissen. In S. Körver, E. Olsman, & S. Rosie (Eds.), Met lichaam en geest: De rituele competentie van geestelijk verzorgers (pp. 135-146). Eburon.
Visser-Nieraeth, A., & Mathijssen, B. (2021). Hoe werkt kwalitatief onderzoek? Grip op wetenschappelijk onderzoek (2). Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging, 24(102), 22-31.
Maddrell, A., McNally, D., McClymont, K., Beebeejaun, Y., & Mathijssen, B. (2021). Intersections of (infra)structural violence and cultural inclusion: the geopolitics of minority cemeteries and crematoria provision. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 46(3), 675-688. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12437
Mathijssen, B. (2021). Leestafel: Visser I. Sterven. Tijd voor een ander verhaal. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg & Ethiek (TGE), 31(3), 91.
Mathijssen, B. (2021). Lespakket KNOWLANDS: Alfa. http://www.rug.nl/knowlands
Roos-ten Napel, N., Mathijssen, B., Smeets, W., & Zock, H. (2021). Non-Denominational Spiritual Care Givers and the Development of their Spirituality. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 9(1), 60-79. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.40706
Mathijssen, B. (2021). Springlevend begraafplaatsgevoel. Terebinth, tijdschrift voor funeraire cultuur, 2021(1), 21.

2020

Mathijssen, B. (2021). Technologies of the human corpse by John Troyer, Cambridge and London, The MIT Press, 2020. Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying, 26(2), 223-224. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2020.1808602
Mathijssen, B. (2020). Advies toelaatbaarheid nieuwe vormen van lijkbezorging. http://www.gezondheidsraad.nl

2019

Mathijssen, B., & Venhorst, C. (2019). Funerary Practices in the Netherlands. (Funerary International). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Mathijssen, B. (2019). Gespreksnotitie Rondetafelgesprek Wijziging Wet op de Lijkbezorging.
Mathijssen, B. (2019). Verlieservaringen als bron van troost. Terebinth, tijdschrift voor funeraire cultuur, 25(2), 25.

2018

Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., McNally, D., Mathijssen, B., & Dogra, S. (2018). Deathscapes and diversity in England and Wales: Setting an agenda. La Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya, 43, 39-53.
Maddrell, A., McClymont, K., Beebeejaun, Y., McNally, D., Mathijssen, B., & Abid Dogra, S. (2018). Diversity-ready cemeteries and crematoria in England and Wales: Briefing Report. University of Reading.
Maddrell, A., McClymont, K., Beebeejaun, Y., Mathijssen, B., McNally, D., & Abid Dogra, S. (2018). Diversity-ready cemeteries and crematoria in England and Wales: Briefing Note. University of Reading.
Mathijssen, B. (2018). Op de grens van leven en dood. Speling, tijdschrift voor bezinning, 1.

2017

Mathijssen, B. (2018). Transforming bonds: Ritualising post-mortem relationships in the Netherlands. Mortality: Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying, 23(3), 215-230. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2017.1364228
Rotar, M., & Mathijssen, B. (Eds.) (2017). Death in a Broader Perspective: Historical, Anthropological, and Sociological Contributions. Death Studies, 41(1). https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/udst20/41/1?nav=tocList
Venhorst, C., & Mathijssen, B. (2017). Dood: Wegwijs in de Nederlandse uitvaartcultuur. Parthenon.
Mathijssen, B. (2017). Making sense of death: Ritual practices and situational beliefs of the recently bereaved in the Netherlands. (Death Studies; Vol. 5). Lit Verlag.
Mathijssen, B. (2017). Op zoek naar onsterfelijkheid. Laetare. Tijdschrift voor liturgie en kerkmuziek, 33(5).
Mathijssen, B. (2017). The ambiguity of human ashes: Exploring encounters with cremated remains in the Netherlands. Death Studies, 41(1), 34-41. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2016.1257882
Mathijssen, B. (2017). Zin- en vormgeven aan de dood: Rituele praktijken en situationele geloofsvoorstellingen van nabestaanden in Nederland. Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies, 33, 92-104. https://doi.org/10.21827/5a2e429a7419d

2015

Mathijssen, B. (Photographer). (2015). DoodZaak. Web publication/site, Centre for Thanatology.

2014

Mathijssen, B. (2014). Eschatologische hoop: Moderne doodsbeleving en theologie in dialoog. NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, 68(1&2), 132-150.

2013

Venbrux, E., Quartier, T., Venhorst, C., & Mathijssen, B. (Eds.) (2013). Changing European Death Ways. (Death Studies; Vol. 1). Lit Verlag.
Mathijssen, B. (2013). Pastors and relatives: Enacting Protestant and Catholic funeral liturgies in the Netherlands. In E. Venbrux, T. Quartier, C. Venhorst, & B. Mathijssen (Eds.), Changing European Death Ways (pp. 213-239). (Death Studies; Vol. 1). Lit Verlag.
Mathijssen, B. (2013). Religiosity in ecclesial and non-ecclesial funeral rites: Exploring Whitehouse’s modes of religiosity. Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies, 29, 149-171.
Mathijssen, B. (2013). Rollen, behoeften en uitdagingen in katholieke en protestantse uitvaartliturgieën. In H. Kienhorst, & M. Pel (Eds.), Brilliant assistants: Presentatie onderzoeksresultaten 2011-2012 (pp. 105-120). Radboud University Nijmegen.
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