NOSTER Midyear meeting / NISIS Network Day
The Midyear Meeting is a returning event on the NOSTER curriculum calendar that aims at the development of the career of academically trained researchers in various sectors in society. This years edition will be organised together with NISIS, the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies, with the theme: ‘Academic Biographies; how to frame your (academic) narrative.’
The origin, structure and meaning of (religious) narratives is what many of our junior scholars study in their research projects. But how do we structure and narrate our own story as a scholar and present ourselves in academia and to the outside world. How to create your space in society valorising the expertise you acquired as PhD candidate or research master student in theology, religious or Islamic studies? The skills and knowledge gained in academia are currently important selling points in other fields, such as arts, education, healthcare, and politics. This Network Day/Midyear meeting, reaches over academic borders and presents ways to learn how to deal with these requirements. Professionals, not only active in academia, but also in societal fields where their knowledge on religion or Islam is necessary, will share their experiences with us and they will show us how to present ourselves and our expertise in academic and non-academic circles.
The Network Day/Midyear meeting is a joint event organised by NISIS and NOSTER. The theme of this day is ‘Academic Biographies’.
In the morning there will be parallel programs for NISIS and NOSTER juniors; For NOSTER juniors, the PhD and text reading seminars will gather in the morning. NOSTER’s long-term seminars are the core of the NOSTER curriculum and are arranged by theme and/or methodology. The seminars aim establishing an academic community of peers in which the research in progress is presented and discussed. Next to presenting and discussing own work the participants are reading methodological or theoretical key texts to become experts in their sub-discipline. Each seminar consists of ten half-day sessions during the academic year and are supervised by senior researchers in the field. An overview of the seminars can be found here: http://noster.org/curriculum/
After lunch NISIS and NOSTER members will merge for the afternoon programme on ‘Academic Biographies.’ The origin, structure and meaning of (religious) narratives is what many of our junior scholars study in their research projects. But how do we structure and narrate our own story as a scholar and present ourselves in academia and to the outside world. We have invited keynote speakers who have an interesting biography not only within academia, but also in the wider public debate on theology, religious and Islam studies. After having been inspired with the biographies of others there will be a workshop on ‘Academic Storytelling’ in which we will take a closer look on own biographies and how we frame them into a narrative. For the time schedule and more details, please see the programme of the Network Day.
This NISIS-NOSTER Network Day provides an excellent opportunity for PhD candidates and students to acquaint themselves with the newest developments in the field of Islamic and Religious studies and to exchange information and experiences with colleagues and specialists. This event is open to all. To attend, please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org