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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 Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian sites to substantiate the lectures.

  • Teaching staff: Professor dr. Frans Wijsen.
  • Course description: Since the 1970s there has been dissatisfaction with objectivist definitions of religion and positivist methods of studying religion. However, alternative theories and methods of religious studies so far lack clear conventions. Among other reasons, this is because scholars of religion face a dilemma. On the one hand they want to make their studies more scientific. On the other, the object of their studies seems to escape scientific enquiry. Some scholars go for social-science methods, based on numbers and tabulation. Others opt for the humanities approaches, based on narratives and texts. In this course we give the historical and philosophical background of this dilemma, and introduce discursive study of religion as a distinct approach next to substantive and functionalist approaches. We introduce the theory and the method of socio-cognitive discourse analysis and practice its application in the study if religion, using samples of text and talk provided by the participants.
  • Objectives: This summer school contributes to broadening your horizon through internationalisation and to an advanced understanding of the methodology of discourse analysis.
  • Learning goals: After this intensive course (post-graduate level) the student is able to
    • give reasons for a shift from phenomenological to discursive study of religion,
    • explain theories and methods of discourse analysis in his/her own words,
    • give examples from the socio-cognitive model of discourse analysis,
    • apply description, interpretation and explanation to concrete text and talk (initial level), and
    • implement this model in a research project, including tools for validation (initial level).
  • Assessment methods: Full participation and a paper.
  • Teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, and field trips.
  • Place: Preparatory meetings will be held at Radboud University, Nijmegen. The Summer School itself takes place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia at the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies at the Universitas Gadjah Mada.
  • Dates: Preparatory meetings: May 2021. Summer School: mid-June till the end of July 2021 (6 weeks). Exact dates will follow.
  • Credits and workload: 5 EC.
  • Admission: Open to (Re)MA Students and PhD Candidates registered at NOSTER.
  • Participation and registration: If you wish to participate in this event, you will need to register before 1 April 2021. Once you have created a personal account on this website and have logged in, you can register for this event by clicking the green ‘Register for this item’ button on the right.
  • Costs: The tuition fee of €150 for the Summer School itself will be covered by NOSTER for a maximum of 5 participants. Participants are expected to cover travel and accommodation expenses themselves as well as additional costs for field trips. Professor Wijsen will assist in finding appropriate and inexpensive board and lodging (apr. €400 – €600 for the entire stay).
  • Practical issues: Participants are responsible for booking their own flights and for arranging visa and appropriate insurances (e.g. travel and health insurances with global coverage).
  • Links: The programme of the 2019 Summer School (the programme of the 2021 course will be provided in due course); The PhD programme of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

Please don’t hesitate to contact the NOSTER office ( or Frans Wijsen ( for more information before submitting your registration


  • 01 Jun 2021
    Exact dates to be announced. Preparatory meetings will take place in May 2021. The Summer School runs from mid-June until the end of July.

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