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See detailFNR Highlight: CeMi: Cemeteries & crematoria as public spaces of belonging in Europe.
Kmec, Sonja UL

Diverse speeches and writings (2022)

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See detailErinnerungspolitik und –praxis in Luxemburg am Beispiel einer gegenwärtigen Kontroverse
Kmec, Sonja UL

E-print/Working paper (2022)

In September 2021, so-called stumbling blocks were set by a Luxembourg school class: four for Jewish people who were murdered in concentration camps and eleven for young men who were forcibly drafted into ... [more ▼]

In September 2021, so-called stumbling blocks were set by a Luxembourg school class: four for Jewish people who were murdered in concentration camps and eleven for young men who were forcibly drafted into the Wehrmacht and died in the war. The commemoration triggered a broadly received controversy, which this article aims to explain and contextualize. [less ▲]

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See detailTransnational soldiering, burial and commemoration across borders. The case of Luxembourgers in the French Foreign Legion
Kolnberger, Thomas UL; Kmec, Sonja UL

in Francia: Forschungen zur Westeuropäischen Geschichte. 3, 19./20. Jahrhundert (2022), 49

To whom do the dead belong? The French Foreign Legion exemplifies a modern military conundrum: how to reconcile loyal and patriotic duty with mercenary service or, in neutral terms, military labour. This ... [more ▼]

To whom do the dead belong? The French Foreign Legion exemplifies a modern military conundrum: how to reconcile loyal and patriotic duty with mercenary service or, in neutral terms, military labour. This article investigates soldierly funeral culture in the long nineteenth century, with a focus on the entangled histories of Luxembourg and France. The Foreign Legion’s transnational recruitment makes this armed force a unique case study to explore military commemoration across state borders, honouring the dead and the living alike. Since its establishment to fight outside mainland France, rooted in the conquest of Algeria (1830–1857), the Legion has been the only branch of the French military whose members swear allegiance not to France, but to the corps itself: its motto is Legio Patria Nostra (»The Legion is our Homeland«). As a military parallel society and temporary »ersatz nation«, the Legion has elaborated a specific death cult, which has both a corporeal (body-centred, individual) and a sur-real (transcendent, communal) dimension. The two dimensions cannot be rigidly delimited: they clearly overlap and can be shared with other nations, as the case of Luxembourg demonstrates. [less ▲]

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See detailLuxemburger Geschichte revisited. Überlegungen zu meta- und transnationaler Geschichtsschreibung
Binsfeld, Andrea UL; Dostert, Paul; Kmec, Sonja UL et al

in Hemecht: Zeitschrift für Luxemburger Geschichte (2021), 73(3), 261-264

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See detailLuxemburger Geschichte revisited. Überlegungen zu meta- und transnationaler Geschichtsschreibung
Binsfeld, Andrea UL; Dostert, Paul; Kmec, Sonja UL et al

in Hemecht: Zeitschrift für Luxemburger Geschichte (2021), 73(3), 261-264

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See detailRules, Norms and Practices. A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe
Kmec, Sonja UL; Nordh, Helena; House, Danielle et al

in Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (2021), 83(4),

We identify and analyse practices and management regimes around burial and handling of ashes across eight case study towns within six Northern European countries. We analyse management of cemeteries and ... [more ▼]

We identify and analyse practices and management regimes around burial and handling of ashes across eight case study towns within six Northern European countries. We analyse management of cemeteries and crematoria gardens, majority practices and provision for minority communities, including various burial types, cremated remains, the re-use of graves, and costs for interments. Comparative data is drawn from analysis of national and local regulations, interviews with stakeholders, and observations at cemeteries and crematoria gardens. The findings show significant variation in national and local regulations and practices for burial and cremation particularly around the re-use of graves, handling of ashes and costs for grave space and cremation. We identify the opportunities and constraints of these variations in terms of accessibility, diversity and equality; and argue for national directions to avoid unequal treatment within nations. Furthermore, we stress the importance of a liberal and inclusive management of European cemeteries and crematoria gardens. [less ▲]

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See detailCemitérios e Crematórios. Criar espaços públicos inclusivos em Luxemburgo
Kmec, Sonja UL; westendorp, Mariske

Report (2021)

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See detailCimetières et crématoriums. Créer des espaces publics inclusifs au Luxembourg
Kmec, Sonja UL; westendorp, Mariske

Report (2021)

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See detailCemeteries and Crematoria. Creating inclusive public spaces in Luxembourg
Kmec, Sonja UL; Westendorp, Mariske

Report (2021)

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See detailFriedhöfe und Krematorien. Zur inklusionsorientierten Adaptierung öffentlichen Raums
Kmec, Sonja UL; Westendorp, Mariske

Report (2021)

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See detailOn the significance of Luxembourg National Day
Danescu, Elena UL; Kmec, Sonja UL; Da Silva, Joana

Speeches/Talks (2020)

Luxembourg has celebrated its sovereign’s birthday since the 18th century. When Grand Duchess Charlotte (23 January 1896–9 July 1985) ascended the throne in 1919, the date for these birthday celebrations ... [more ▼]

Luxembourg has celebrated its sovereign’s birthday since the 18th century. When Grand Duchess Charlotte (23 January 1896–9 July 1985) ascended the throne in 1919, the date for these birthday celebrations became 23 January, and this date was declared a national holiday in 1947. But on 23 December 1961, a Grand Ducal Decree set the date of 23 June as Luxembourg’s National Day, when the country would officially celebrate the monarch’s birthday. National Day has continued to be celebrated on 23 June during the successive reigns of Grand Duke Jean (1964-2000), born on 5 January, and Grand Duke Henri (since 2000), born on 16 April. National Day is one of the symbols of the monarchy, together with the coat of arms and the anthem of the Grand Ducal House. [less ▲]

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See detail„Dann eben in die Natur damit“ – Der neue Trend der Waldbestattung in Luxemburg: Geschichte, Beweggründe und ökologische Auswirkungen
Kmec, Sonja UL; Kolnberger, Thomas UL

in Thiltges, Sébastian; Solte-Gresser, Christiane (Eds.) Kulturökologie und ökologische Kulturen in der Großregion / Écologie culturelle et cultures écologiques dans la Grande Région (2020)

For the environment, humans and their way of life have become one of the most decisive factors of influence: their impact defines the geochronological era of the Anthropocene. These manmade changes ... [more ▼]

For the environment, humans and their way of life have become one of the most decisive factors of influence: their impact defines the geochronological era of the Anthropocene. These manmade changes include one specific type of sediments, namely that of human remains. In industrialized regions, the biologically degradable, organic matter of the human body is often altered by medical implants and pharmaceutical residues. Sepulchral practices may add other toxic substances. This article examines how the recent trend towards woodland burials of cremated remains in Luxembourg is embedded in ecological discourse and imagination, and asks whether it does provide an environment-friendly alternative to traditional full-body inhumations. [less ▲]

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See detailCimetière
Kmec, Sonja UL

in Publictionnaire. Dictionnaire encyclopédique et critique des publics. (2020)

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See detailCo-Creating Ritual Spaces and Communities: An Analysis of Municipial Cemetery Tongerseweg, Maastricht, 1812-2020
Jedan, Christoph; Kmec, Sonja UL; Kolnberger, Thomas UL et al

in Religions (2020), 11(9), 435

Cemeteries have been viewed in opposed ways as ritual spaces that either mirror society or present an idealized model of society. In this article, we propose an analysis of cemeteries as ritual spaces ... [more ▼]

Cemeteries have been viewed in opposed ways as ritual spaces that either mirror society or present an idealized model of society. In this article, we propose an analysis of cemeteries as ritual spaces, focused on the case study of municipal cemetery Tongerseweg in Maastricht, among the most important monumental cemeteries still in active use in The Netherlands today. Drawing on historical as well as interview material, spatial and ritual studies, the authors argue for a new “Arena Model” to understand cemeteries as dynamic ritual spaces. Cemeteries do not only form an ensemble of ritual spaces that are reliant on pre-existing communities, they also evoke, produce and maintain communities. Codeterminants are the physical layout and a wide range of ritual markers that variously underscore, mitigate or even contradict the communities created by the spatial layout. Important actors pertain to municipal politics and administration as well as the users, their respective allies and service providers. The article further analyses the wide range of competing values that help to shape a cycle of cocreating plural ritual spaces as well as communities [less ▲]

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See detailEwige Ruhe? Grabkulturen in Luxemburg und den Nachbarregionen / Concession à perpétuité? Cultures funéraires au Luxembourg et dans les régions voisines
Kmec, Sonja UL; Reuter, Antoinette; Philippart, Robert

Book published by Capybarabooks (2019)

Gestorben wird immer. Das gilt auch für das Großherzogtum Luxemburg und seine Nachbarregionen. Doch was kommt danach? Wo und wie werden Verstorbene zur letzten Ruhe gebettet? Und handelt es sich dabei ... [more ▼]

Gestorben wird immer. Das gilt auch für das Großherzogtum Luxemburg und seine Nachbarregionen. Doch was kommt danach? Wo und wie werden Verstorbene zur letzten Ruhe gebettet? Und handelt es sich dabei tatsächlich um die buchstäbliche »Ewige Ruhe«? Beileibe nicht. Tote gehen auf Reisen oder ziehen um – manchmal gleich mehrfach. Kein Wunder, dass der Tod und das »Danach« nicht nur die Religionen und die Rechtsprechung jahrhundertelang beschäftigten, sondern ebenfalls in Film, Literatur und Bildender Kunst ihren Niederschlag gefunden haben. Dieses Buch versammelt 49 Texte rund um die Themenkomplexe »Grabkunst«, »Der Tod im Bild«, »Der Tod in der Literatur«, »Glaube und Recht« sowie »Tote unterwegs« und gibt einen Überblick über Begräbnisse und Bestattungsgepflogenheiten von der Frühzeit bis heute, auch im Hinblick auf die verschiedenen Glaubensrichtungen und ihre spezifischen Riten. [less ▲]

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See detailRezension Violet Soen et al. (eds.), Church, Censorship and Reform in the Early Modern Habsburg Netherlands
Kmec, Sonja UL

in Hemecht: Zeitschrift für Luxemburger Geschichte (2019), 71(4), 501-503

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See detailLuxembourg History
Kmec, Sonja UL; De Jonge, Léonie

in Hartley, Catherine (Ed.) Western Europe 2020 (2019)

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See detailMélusine au Luxembourg
Kmec, Sonja UL

in Collectif (Ed.) Mélusine, secrets d’une fée. Exposition à l’Historial de la Vendée du 22 nov. 2019 au 1er mars 2020 (2019)

A founding figure of Luxembourg, half-fish and half-human, Melusina has a long history. This article provides an overview of the origins of the narration and its many, sometimes contradictory, strands.

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See detailThe material culture of burial and its microgeography: A Luxembourg cemetery as a methodological example of an object-centred approach to quantitative material culture studies
Streb, Christoph Klaus UL; Kolnberger, Thomas UL; Kmec, Sonja UL

in Journal of Material Culture (2019), 24(2), 1-26

This article uses a novel quantitative methodology to examine sepulchral material culture. Drawing on the theoretical frameworks of social spatialization and art as agency, the authors contend that ... [more ▼]

This article uses a novel quantitative methodology to examine sepulchral material culture. Drawing on the theoretical frameworks of social spatialization and art as agency, the authors contend that variations in grave designs and materiality cannot simply be explained in terms of changes in fashion and mentality. Other factors also need to be taken into account. Using a digital data collection tool, the Cemetery Surveyor Application (CSA) developed at the University of Luxembourg, they compile a set of data encompassing all the material aspects of each grave in a cemetery in Luxembourg (Western Europe), the setting of their case study. The graves are dated from the 1850s to 2015. |The authors compare the chronological evolution of the most recurrent material features with a GIS-based spatial analysis of the same features. The results of the spatial analysis not only largely confirm the chronological study, but also allow them to be more precise (dating is often problematic) and include undated graves (a third of the sample). The digital data collection tool also allows them to compare cemeteries and to highlight variations in these that cannot merely be imputed to chronology, but also to spatial proximity and material agency. [less ▲]

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See detailLe débat sur l’interruption de grossesse (1978). « Bien-être » de la femme ou crime contre la « vie naissante » et la nation ?
Kmec, Sonja UL

in Frieseisen, Claude; Jungblut, Marie-Paule; Pauly, Michel (Eds.) … La volonté de la Chambre qui est la volonté du pays … Un florilège de débats parlementaires luxembourgeois (1848-2008) (2019)

This article offers a close reading of the parliamentary debates of July and October 1978, regarding the partial liberalisation of abortion in Luxembourg. It highlights rhetorical strategies and ... [more ▼]

This article offers a close reading of the parliamentary debates of July and October 1978, regarding the partial liberalisation of abortion in Luxembourg. It highlights rhetorical strategies and underlying moral, ethical and ideological lines of argumentation of MPs in a key legislation of the Liberal-Socialist coalition of the late 1970s. [less ▲]

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