Cross Pendants as Memory Objects

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This article explores the potential of combining material analysis with object-elicited memory work in order to explore the role of objects in lived religion. It presents a case study on two traditional cross pendants, a Dagmar Cross and a Huguenot Cross, and analyses the cultural-historical contexts of the two crosses—including their importance for specific national and religious memory communities. Furthermore, the memory work sections of the paper foreground how the pendants were used as transgenerational gifts during a mixed-faith upbringing in a transnational family. The article argues that such a multidimensional approach is helpful for unfolding the potential meanings of religious objects in lived religion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religion in Europe
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • lived religion
  • material religion
  • memory work
  • object elicitation
  • the Dagmar Cross
  • the Huguenot Cross
  • mixed-faith families

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