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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’.

Update 2 October: As we have received more registrations than we can allow, it is no longer possible to register for the NOSTER Grand Course. You can, of course, still register for the NGG conference, but this will not count as a NOSTER module.


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 (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. You can find the full programme of the NGG conference here.


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

Teaching staff: dr. Méadhbh McIvor (masterclass) & dr. Kim Knibbe (paper assessment).
Preparation: Participants are expected to read the preparatory texts and to formulate 2-4 questions for discussion per article/chapter. These questions need to be sent to dr. Méadhbh McIvor and NOSTER before 23 October. The preparatory readings will be distributed to the participants via e-mail a.s.a.p.
Optional paper
: For active participation in the NOSTER Grand Course (master class and NGG conference), participants will receive 2 EC. Participants who write 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.
Location: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK Groningen. The masterclass will take place in the Zittingszaal. For the NGG conference programme, click here.
: NOSTER does not provide accommodation. A local ReMA student kindly offers accommodation, so participants with little or no budget who are interested can contact the NOSTER office (
Credits: 2 EC (excl. paper) or 5 EC (incl. paper). 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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