Cemeteries and crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe: a study of migrant and minority cultural inclusion, exclusion and integration (CeMi)

The project examined cemeteries and crematoria ‘gardens’ as public spaces of social inclusion, exclusion and integration, with a particular focus on migrant and Established Minority experience, needs and provision, and how these intersect with established practices in the North West of Europe. The project was funded by HERI, 2019-2022.

Team: Project Leader Avril Maddrell (University of Reading); Yasminah Beebeejaun (University College, London); Christoph Jeden and Marisk Westendorp (University of Groningen); Sonja Kmec (University of Luxembourg); Katie McClymont (UWE, Bristol); Tanu Priya Uteng and Marianne Knapskog (Institute of Transport Economics, Norway); Eric Venbrux (Radboud University); Carola Wingren and Helena Nordh (Swedish University of Agriculture); Vevila Dornelles and Danielle House (University of Reading).

Selected related publications: 

Maddrell, A., Beebeejaun, Y., Kmec, S., & Wingren, C. (2023) ‘Cemeteries and crematoria, forgotten public space in multicultural Europe. An agenda for inclusion and citizenship’, Area, 55:1, 125-133.

Nordh, H., House, D., Westerndorp, M. (& 8 more) (2021) ‘Rules, norms and practices – a comparative study exploring disposal practices and facilities in Northern Europe, Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, DOI.

Jedan, C., Kmec, S., Kolnberger, T., Venburx, E., and Westendorp, M. (2020) ‘Co-creating ritual spaces and communities: an analysis of Municipal Cemetery Tongerseweg, Maastricht, 1812-2020’, Religions, 11:9, 435.

View the project film on YouTube: Why are there different Funeral rituals?

Follow the link below to the website, which gives detailed information including research reports.

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