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 masters) with various intensity. NOSTER offers seminars, conferences, and master classes with renowned scholars, both from the participating institutions and abroad. The annual, biennial and single curriculum events are open to all PhD candidates and ReMA students in the field of theology and religious studies. For more information and registration for all curriculum items, please visit the linked course page. In the academic year 2017-2018 NOSTER offers the following events and research seminars:
NOSTER long-term Research Seminars
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 the research in progress is presented and discussed. Next to presenting and discussing own work the participants are reading methodological or theoretical key texts to become experts in their sub-discipline. Each seminar consists of ten half-day sessions during the academic year and are supervised by senior researchers in the field.
NOSTER curriculum events:
Next to the continuous research seminars, the NOSTER curriculum rounds up with several annual, biennial and single 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) and in the afternoon a relevant and current topic is discussed in a plenary lecture and/or workshop. Halfway the year in February this format is repeated where for the afternoon program the focus is on career perspectives (in and outside academia) of PhD candidates and ReMA students in theology and religious studies. During the annual Spring Conference all junior members are invited to present their research in an academic conference setting. There are presentations of recently started research and advanced research. For the latter, NOSTER invites senior scholars to give a response to the presentation and part of the dissertation of the junior researcher presenting. The second day of the Spring Conference is often dedicated to transferable research skills. Next to these three annually returning events NOSTER offers (at least) biannually a more intensive course or season school for which more EC can be earned. The themes and structure of these courses are mostly related to current discussions and developments in the fields of theology and religious studies.