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NOSTER is responsible for the national training programme 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 participate for a longer period of time (preferably during the full course of their PhD research/Research Master’s programmes) with varying intensity. NOSTER offers seminars, conferences, and masterclasses 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:

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 ongoing research is presented and discussed. In addition to presenting and discussing their 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.

Besides the Research Seminars, the NOSTER curriculum consists of several annual, biennial or one-off 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 programme 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 have the opportunity to 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.

  • NOSTER Midyear Meeting
    2021 edition t.b.a.
  • NOSTER Spring Conference
    Thursday 22 and Friday 23 April 2021 in Nijmegen
  • NOSTER Kick-Off
    Friday 25 September 2020, location: Fletcher Park Hotel Val Monte, Berg en Dal
  • NOSTER Grand Course
    Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020, Location: Fletcher Amersfoort
  • NOSTER Must-Have-Reads
    Starting Monday 12 October, Location: Online

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

Midyear Meeting 2021

The Midyear Meeting will focus on the input of religions in the debates on environmental questions. The morning programme will offer a multidisciplinary reading of Pope Francis’ influential encyclical Laudato Si’ – celebrated for its impact on the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In collaboration with the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG), the […]

12 Mar 2021

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

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 to create framed religious experiences. It comes as no surprise then, that BA programs in religion studies generally include an […]

1.5 - 3.0 EC 09 Apr 2021
Grand Course 2020

Grand Course 2020

NOSTER Grand Course 2020   Update 4 November 2020: The Masterclass will take place as scheduled, on location (Fletcher Hotel Amersfoort) from 10:00-12:30 hours. Lunch will be provided. The Grand Course consists of two events: 1) a Masterclass with Arie Molendijk on “Exploring the Postsecular” on Thursday 5 November 2020 from 10:00-12:30 at Fletcher hotel […]

1.5 (with option for 3 more) EC 01 Jan 1970

Must-Have-Read: Karl Barth’s Römerbrief/De brief aan de Romeinen

Autumn 2020 NB: Course taught in Dutch

01 Jan 1970
Midyear Meeting 2020

Midyear Meeting 2020

0.5 EC 01 Jan 1970
Grand Course 2019

Grand Course 2019

2-5 EC 01 Jan 1970
Research Seminar Religious Studies

Research Seminar Religious Studies


3 EC 01 Jan 1970
NOSTER Spring (Video) Conference 2020

NOSTER Spring (Video) Conference 2020

23-24 April 2020 – Online Video Conference

1 - 2 EC 01 Jan 1970

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