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Meals in Search of Meaning: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist in Christian Communities in the Netherlands

Looptijd: 2016
Coördinatoren: dr. C.M. Klomp (PThU) en prof.dr. P.B.A. Smit (VU/UU)


Theme

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