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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
Midyear Meeting 2021: Religion and Environment (ONLINE)

Midyear Meeting 2021: Religion and Environment (ONLINE)

Since circumstances have not evolved as positively as we had anticipated, it has been decided to organise this event ONLINE ONLY. Teaching staff: Morning programme: Professor dr. Erik Borgman (TiU) and dr. John-Harmen Valk (LU). Afternoon programme: various contributors, see NGG website. Course description: Religious leaders and institutions contribute significantly to the discourse about environmental […]

0,5 EC 12 Mar 2021

NOSTER Spring Conference 2021

The Spring Conference: one of the highlights of NOSTER’s curriculum. Two days at conference venue De Poort, Groesbeek near Nijmegen in order to engage with the work of peers, attend workshops, and listen to a keynote lecture. The perfect place to discover the ‘academic conference’ formula and to exchange knowledge and experience. You are most […]

1-1.5 EC 22 Apr 2021
Midyear Meeting 2021: Religion and Environment (ONLINE)

Midyear Meeting 2021: Religion and Environment (ONLINE)

Since circumstances have not evolved as positively as we had anticipated, it has been decided to organise this event ONLINE ONLY. Teaching staff: Morning programme: Professor dr. Erik Borgman (TiU) and dr. John-Harmen Valk (LU). Afternoon programme: various contributors, see NGG website. Course description: Religious leaders and institutions contribute significantly to the discourse about environmental […]

0,5 EC 12 Mar 2021
Research Seminar Religious Studies

Research Seminar Religious Studies

2020-2021

3 EC 30 Mar 2021

Must-Have-Read: Catherine Bell, Ritual: Perspectives & Dimensions

Update 18 February: We have reached the maximum number of participants. New registrations will be placed on a waiting list.  Teaching staff: Dr. William Arfman Course description: The study of ritual practices brings one to the heart of what actual lived religion is all about. It is in ritual that beliefs, bodies and objects collide […]

1.5 - 3.0 EC 09 Apr 2021

NOSTER Spring Conference 2021

The Spring Conference: one of the highlights of NOSTER’s curriculum. Two days at conference venue De Poort, Groesbeek near Nijmegen in order to engage with the work of peers, attend workshops, and listen to a keynote lecture. The perfect place to discover the ‘academic conference’ formula and to exchange knowledge and experience. You are most […]

1-1.5 EC 22 Apr 2021

Summer School in Indonesia ‘Discourse Analysis in Religious Studies’

In collaboration with the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, NOSTER presents a Summer School on ‘Discourse Analysis in Religious Studies’ with local and international participants. Together with the lecturer of this course, participants will travel to Indonesia for this one-time special event in the multireligious context of Yogyakarta. The location enables field trips to important […]

5 EC 01 Jun 2021
News & Events

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Spring Conference 2021 – Extended Deadline

The deadline for this Call has been extended until 12 March 2021. The Spring Conference: the highlight of NOSTER’s curriculum. The two days conference will be held at De Poort, Groesbeek near Nijmegen (fingers crossed!) in order to engage with the work of peers, attend workshops and listen to a keynote lecture. It’s the perfect […]

12 Mar 2021
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 […]

Wouda Succeeds Copier as Curriculum Coordinator

Wouda Succeeds Copier as Curriculum Coordinator

On 1 May, at her own request, an honorable discharge was granted to Jorien Copier MA. Jorien wants to give priority to the completion of her doctoral thesis. For over four years, she has worked as a curriculum coordinator for NOSTER. We thank her for her great efforts. As of that same day, Fokke Wouda […]

Changes to the NOSTER Curriculum Due to the Corona Pandemic

Changes to the NOSTER Curriculum Due to the Corona Pandemic

Because of the measures taken by the Dutch government to combat the corona pandemic, the NOSTER Spring Conference, which was scheduled for 23-24 April, will not take place in Driebergen. The NOSTER office is currently moving the research presentations and discussions to online sessions on the same dates. Those who have registered for the Spring […]