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Intensive Text Reading Seminar ‘The Challenge of Difference’


Teaching staff: Professor dr. A.J.A.C.M. (Anne-Marie) Korte (UU) and Professor dr. C.A.M. (Mariecke) van den Berg (VU/RU).
Course description: This intensive text reading seminar aims to explore formative texts for the interdisciplinary study of religion within the humanities and the qualitative and conceptual studies in the social sciences, in particular from gender-critical, postcolonial, and post-secular perspectives. It focuses on the multiple and changing manifestations of religion in diverse social and cultural contexts, and it investigates religion from the intersection of feminist, sexuality, queer, masculinity and diversity studies.
Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their research by introducing them to current issues of scholarly debate and by developing their research skills through participation in expert meetings.
Learning goals:
The participant is able to

  • assess and discuss theoretical and methodical aspects of research in the interdisciplinary study of religion, in particular from gender-critical, postcolonial, and post-secular perspectives.
  • the participant is able to take part in collegial discussions of ongoing ReMA or PhD research and to relate his or her own research project to current main debates in the interdisciplinary study of religion.

Teaching methods: Reading assignments, short lectures, presentations, responses and discussions.
Assessment methods: Participants should actively participate, should be present for at least 75% of the time and should reflect on what they have learned by filling in NOSTER PRA Form Seminars 2020-2021. Note that the first section of the form needs to be submitted prior to or shortly after the first session.
Admission: This seminar is open for all ReMA students and PhD candidates.
Participation and registration: If you wish to participate in this seminar, you will need to register before 18 September 2020. Once you have created a personal account on this website and have logged-in, you can register for this Research Seminar by clicking the green “Register for this item” button on the right. If you have participated in this Research Seminar in the previous academic year, please register again for the new academic year.
Costs: Participation is free for ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at NOSTER or at any other research school in the Humanities. For others, the fees are €250. For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates).
Place: Utrecht
(As long as governmental and institutional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 do not prohibit in-person meetings such as NOSTER seminar sessions, NOSTER recommends seminar supervisors to plan at least some of their sessions on site, as this contributes significantly to the objective of building an academic community. However, it is up to seminar supervisors and participants to decide to meet plan some or all sessions online.)
Credits and workload: 5 EC (140 hours).



  • 16 Oct 2020
  • 20 Nov 2020
  • 18 Dec 2020
  • 29 Jan 2021
  • 19 Mar 2021
  • 21 May 2021
  • 18 Jun 2021


Janskerkhof 13, Utrecht, Nederland
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