The NOSTER Grand Course will comprise of the NGG (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap) annual conference and a master class. The NOSTER Grand Course discusses a particular theme from multidisciplinary perspectives. This year’s Grand Course consists of a master class with Professor dr. Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley) on the theme of embodiment and the conference ‘Religion and the Production of Difference’ (NGG, RUG & NOSTER).
To top off the master class, participants can write a 3 EC paper. This can either be a paper on a theme related to the master class and/or the conference (see below) or a paper presented at the conference. Both types of papers will be marked. As for the first type of paper, participants summarize and discuss either (1) the general outline of the preparatory literature (2) the general gist of the conference, zooming in on two presentations during the conference. In both options, they relate this to their own research in the field of religion, discussing what concepts, theories and methods introduced by Hirschkind and others mean for their own work in religion. The paper should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words long, using one of the standard referencing methods.
1 October: Applications for the Grand Course need to be completed.
23 October: participants should have submitted their report on the assigned preparatory readings to NOSTER (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1 December: Deadline for the submission of the paper.
The programme of the master class and conference will be announced as soon as possible.
Location: University of Groningen (buildings and rooms t.b.a.)
Credits: 2 EC (excl. paper/presentation) or 5 EC (incl. paper). The paper will be graded.
Participation and registration: You can only register for the Grand Course via NOSTER. NOSTER will complete your registration for the conference attendance. 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: NOSTER’s PhD candidates and ReMA students can participate free of charge in the Grand Course (masterclass and conference). For others, the costs are €50 per EC plus the conference registration fee. Note that when due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to attend, you should inform the NOSTER office as soon as possible. Otherwise, the full costs of the conference will be charged to you.