NOSTER is responsible for the national training program for PhD candidates and ReMA students in the field of theology and religious studies. The NOSTER curriculum is structured in such a way that PhD candidates and ReMA students are participating for a longer period of time (preferably during the full course of their PhD research/Research Master programmes) with varying intensity. NOSTER offers seminars, conferences, and master classes with renowned scholars, both from the participating institutions and abroad. All curriculum events are open to ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at NOSTER or at any other research school in the Humanities. For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates). More information about single curriculum events can be found by clicking on the name of the event. NOSTER currently offers the following events:
NOSTER’s long-term Research Seminars are the core of the NOSTER curriculum and are arranged by theme and/or methodology. The seminars aim at the establishment of an academic community of peers in which research-in-progress is presented and discussed. Next, to presenting and discussing one’s own work, the participants read methodological or theoretical key texts to become experts in their sub-discipline. Each seminar consists of ten half-day sessions throughout the academic year and is supervised by one or two senior researchers in the field.
Next, to the Research Seminars, the NOSTER curriculum consists of several annual, biennial or one-time curriculum events that all have their own goal and focus. The NOSTER academic year opens at the end of September when all seminars gather in the morning (parallel), while in the afternoon, a general and current topic is discussed in a plenary lecture and/or workshop. Halfway through the academic year, in February, this format is repeated at the Midyear Meeting, at which the afternoon program focuses on career perspectives (in and outside academia) of PhD candidates and ReMA students in theology and religious studies. At the annual Spring Conference, ReMA students and PhD candidates can present their research; senior scholars are invited to respond to advanced presentations by PhD candidates who are in the final stage of their research. The second day of the Spring Conference is often dedicated to transferable research skills.
In addition to these three annual events, NOSTER offers (at least biannually) a Grand Course, a more intensive course or season school that investigates a theme from different disciplinary perspectives. The themes and structure of these courses are mostly related to current discussions and developments in the fields of theology and religious studies.