Coördinatoren: dr. C.M. Klomp (PThU) en prof.dr. P.B.A. Smit (VU/UU)
In line with such turns in research in religious studies as the “ritual,” the “empirical,” and, most recently, the “material” one, the research collaboration group “Meals in Search of Meaning: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist in Christian Communities in the Netherlands” brings together researchers focusing on a very particular kind of embodied, material, religious practice: religious meals in the Christian tradition. The key question pursued by the group is: “What kind of significance do these meals have in Dutch Christian communities?”
Methodologically, this question is addressed by bringing together a group of ca. fifteen junior and senior researchers from a variety of disciplines (biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, ecumenical theology, empirical theology, practical theology, public theology) and to engage in a systematic exchange of research, meeting up to three times a year. In this manner, a research network is established that is able to provide the group’s key question with an answer in the prospective volume of essays, including a synthesis. This approach ensures both that the diverse disciplinary perspectives and confessional particularities can be addressed and that a more overarching answer can be formulated. The more particular and more universal are thus balanced.
Verslag Expert Meeting 13 april 2016: Verslag NOSTER RCG Meals in Search of Meaning