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The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER) is the main platform for research and training in the fields of theology and religious studies in the Netherlands and Flanders. It provides a national research context and training programme for about 150 senior researchers, 100 PhD candidates and 50 ReMA students. The following twelve universities participate in NOSTER:

  • Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven
  • Leiden University
  • Protestant Theological University
  • Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Theological University Apeldoorn
  • Theological University Kampen
  • Tilburg University
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Humanistic Studies
  • Utrecht University
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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upcoming courses
Kick-Off (2021-2022)

Kick-Off (2021-2022)

NOSTER’s Moodle online learning environment has been launched! Members have received an e-mail with their username and password. You can now login to enrol in all available modules, for example the Kick-Off (2021-2022). Not a member, or do you have questions? Please contact noster@ru.nl. 24 September 2021, 12:30-17:30 | RU Nijmegen | 0.5 EC | […]

0,5 EC 24 Sep 2021
Kick-Off (2021-2022)

Kick-Off (2021-2022)

NOSTER’s Moodle online learning environment has been launched! Members have received an e-mail with their username and password. You can now login to enrol in all available modules, for example the Kick-Off (2021-2022). Not a member, or do you have questions? Please contact noster@ru.nl. 24 September 2021, 12:30-17:30 | RU Nijmegen | 0.5 EC | […]

0,5 EC 24 Sep 2021

Must-Have-Read: Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Teaching staff: dr. Pooyan Tamimi Arab (UU) Course description: Reading a classic cover-to-cover: students and emerging as well as established scholars rarely find the time to do so. This course presents the opportunity to study and discuss one such classic publication. In four or five sessions, dr. Tamimi Arab guides participants through its history, context, […]

2 EC 12 Oct 2021
Research Webinar ‘Christianity Worldwide’ 2021-2022, Online

Research Webinar ‘Christianity Worldwide’ 2021-2022, Online

 Teaching staff: The course is coordinated by Professor dr. Dorottya Nagy (PThU) and Professor dr. Martha Frederiks (UU). When and where relevant for specific research projects, other senior NOSTER members will be invited to share their expertise.  Course description: The NOSTER Research Webinar Christianity Worldwide spotlights methods and theory in the study of […]

12 Oct 2021
GRAND COURSE 2021: “RELIGION AND HERITAGE: FUTURES FOR RELIGIOUS PASTS”

GRAND COURSE 2021: “RELIGION AND HERITAGE: FUTURES FOR RELIGIOUS PASTS”

The Grand Course 2021 (Amsterdam, 3-5 November 2021, 2 EC) will address the theme of religious heritage. The Course consists of a masterclass with Professor dr. Marian Burchardt and the NGG Conference “Religion and Heritage: Futures for Religious Pasts”. Please note that it is possible to earn 3 extra credits for this event by writing […]

03 Nov 2021
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“Christianity Worldwide”

“Christianity Worldwide”

“Christianity Worldwide” is a new research webinar for (external) PhD candidates taught by Professor dr. Dorottya Nagy (PThU) and Professor dr. Martha Frederiks (UU). The course – eight monthly sessions starting in October 2021 – spotlights methods and theory in the study of Christianity/ies worldwide.  The aim of the course is to familiarize PhD candidates […]

GRAND COURSE 2021: CALL FOR PAPERS (EXTENDED DEADLINE 15 JULY 2021)

The Grand Course 2021 (Amsterdam, 3-5 November 2021, 2 EC) will address the theme of religious heritage. The Course consists of a masterclass with Professor dr. Marian Burchardt and the NGG Conference “Religion and Heritage: Futures for Religious Pasts.” Please note that it is possible to earn 3 extra credits for this event by writing […]

In memoriam Vincent Brümmer (Stellenbosch 30 December 1932 – Bilthoven, 30 March 2021)

In memoriam Vincent Brümmer (Stellenbosch 30 December 1932 – Bilthoven, 30 March 2021)

In the Holy Week of 2021, the first academic director of NOSTER, Professor Vincent Brümmer, died at the age of 88. When spending Christmas 2017 in Gambia, where his eldest daughter and her family live, Vincent became unwell. On his return he was diagnosed with cancer and treated with chemotherapy, in the hope that he […]

The Nature and Logic of God’s Love

The Nature and Logic of God’s Love

‘God is love’ is a central Biblical notion, but what does this ‘love’ mean and how does it function? Theological definitions of love have discerned aspects of intentionality, emotion, disposition, relation, vulnerability and suffering. The internal logic of love differs from a logic of power. Power often is a zero-sum game: the powerful wins what […]

Assessment Committee Praises NOSTER’s PhD Education

In Autumn 2019, NOSTER was assessed as part of the research assessment of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of Radboud University. The final version of the committee’s assessment report has recently become available. NOSTER is pleased to learn that, according to the Committee, NOSTER offers “a significantly valuable contribution to PhD education […]

NOSTER Opens Curriculum for Excellent MA Students

NOSTER offers training to young researchers: ReMA students and PhD candidates. However, there are some excellent master students who, although they do not follow a two-year research master programme, still demonstrate good research skills and may opt for a research specialisation or participate in an honours programme. From 1 September, NOSTER will also allow these […]

Generate Publicity for Your New Books

Generate Publicity for Your New Books

The portal Religienet.nl will include a kind of bookshop. Would you like your book to be advertised? Then simply fill-out this form. The books should be written in Dutch and for a non-specialist audience, they should be written or edited by one or more scholars that work at one or more institutions that participate in […]

Religienet to be Launched on 6 November

Religienet to be Launched on 6 November

On 6 November, NOSTER will launch Religienet.nl, a portal that provides an overview of research and education in the field of theology and religious studies in the Netherlands. Visitors can find basic information on 65 BA and MA programmes, tracks or specialisations in theology, religious studies and Islamic studies. We are also delighted that almost […]

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

NOSTER offers funding for organising conferences or symposiums (max. €1,500 per conference,) as well as funding for running small projects (max. €1,500 per project). Last year, NOSTER awarded funding for organising the symposiums “African Female Theologians Telling Stories: ‘Connected but Disconnected’” (scheduled for 4 February 2021) and “Logics of Love” (scheduled for 9-10 June 2021), […]

New PhD Study Programme

As a PhD candidate the scale of the coursework you need to complete at a research school will be determined by your own institution. As far as NOSTER is concerned, you are free to decide which NOSTER curriculum events you wish to participate in. However, you can also opt to follow the NOSTER PhD Study […]