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Grand Course 2019

The NOSTER Grand Course discusses a particular theme from multidisciplinary perspectives. This year’s Grand Course consists of a master class with dr Charles Hirschkind on the theme of embodiment and the conference ‘Religion and the Production of Difference’.


The Grand Course consists of two parts. It starts with a master class with dr Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley) on the theme of embodiment. This master class will take place on Wednesday 30 October 2019 in the morning (probably at 10:30-12:30). During the master class, preparatory readings and questions prepared by the participants will be discussed.
Immediately following the master class, the conference ‘Religion and the Production of Difference’ will start, which is the second part of the NOSTER Grand Course. This is the annual conference of NGG (the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion), which is this year organised by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen. It starts on Wednesday 30 October at 13:00 and ends on Friday 1 November at 14:30. The full programme of the NGG conference can be found here.


1 October: Registration for the NOSTER Grand Course needs to be completed (see below).
23 October: Participants should have submitted their report on the assigned preparatory readings (see below) to NOSTER (
1 December: Deadline for the submission of the paper (see below).

Preparation: Participants are expected to read the preparatory texts and to write a summary and analysis of one of the assigned articles, including three questions for discussion. Note that this report (max. 1,500 words) must be submitted in advance. The preparatory readings will be distributed to the participants via e-mail.
Optional paper
: For active participation in the NOSTER Grand Course (master class and NGG conference), participants will receive 2 EC. Participants who write or present a paper can receive an additional 3 EC. They can write a paper on a theme related to the master class and/or the conference (see below). They must summarize and discuss either (1) the general outline of the preparatory literature or (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 on religion. The paper should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words long, using one of the standard referencing methods. Participants who have submitted a paper proposal that has been accepted by the conference organisation can use that paper as well. Both types of papers will be marked.
Location: the University of Groningen (buildings and rooms t.b.a.).
: NOSTER does not provide accommodation. Together with the NGG conference organisation, we are currently investigating if we can make any arrangements for participants with little or no budget. NOSTER cannot guarantee anything, but if you are interested please let us know.
Credits: 2 EC (excl. paper/presentation) or 5 EC (incl. paper/presentation). The paper will be graded.
Participation and registration: You can only register for the Grand Course via NOSTER and you should do this before 1 October 2019. You do not need to register for the NGG conference separately; NOSTER will notify the conference organisation about your registration. 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: Participation is free for ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at NOSTER. The fee for ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at any other research school in the Humanities is €80. Other ReMA students and PhD candidates pay €180 (2 EC) or €330 (5 EC). For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates). 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 (€80) will be charged to you.


  • 30 Oct 2019 10:30 17:00
    The exact programme will be announced as soon as possible.
  • 31 Oct 2019 9:00 17:00
    The exact programme will be announced as soon as possible.
  • 01 Nov 2019 9:00 17:00
    The exact programme will be announced as soon as possible.


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