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Midyear Meeting: Academic Biographies: How to frame your professional narrative?

NOSTER Midyear meeting / NISIS Network Day

The Midyear Meeting is a returning event on the NOSTER curriculum calendar that aims at the development of the career of academically trained researchers in various sectors in society. This year’s edition will be organised together with NISIS, the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies, with the theme: ‘Academic Biographies: how to frame your (academic) narrative.’

The origin, structure and meaning of (religious) narratives are what many of our junior scholars study in their research projects. But how do we structure and narrate our own story as a scholar and present ourselves in academia and to the outside world? How to create your space in society valorising the expertise you acquired as PhD candidate or research master student in theology, religious or Islamic studies? The skills and knowledge gained in academia are currently important selling points in other fields, such as arts, education, healthcare, and politics. This Network Day/Midyear meeting reaches over academic borders and presents ways to learn how to deal with these requirements. Professionals, not only active in academia, but also in societal fields where their knowledge on religion or Islam is necessary, will share their experiences with us and they will show us how to present ourselves and our expertise in academic and non-academic circles.

The Network Day/Midyear Meeting is a joint event organised by NISIS and NOSTER. The theme of this day is ‘Academic Biographies’. In the morning there will be parallel programs for NISIS and NOSTER juniors; For NOSTER juniors, the PhD seminars will gather in the morning. NOSTER’s long-term seminars are the core of the NOSTER curriculum and are arranged by theme and/or methodology. The seminars aim at establishing an academic community of peers in which the research in progress is presented and discussed. Next to presenting and discussing own work the participants are reading methodological or theoretical key texts to become experts in their sub-discipline. Each seminar consists of ten half-day sessions during the academic year and is supervised by senior researchers in the field. NOSTER junior members are welcome to join the NISIS morning programme.

After lunch, NISIS and NOSTER members will merge for the afternoon programme on ‘Academic Biographies.’ We have invited keynote speakers who have an interesting academic biography not only within academia but also in the wider societal issues concerning theology, religious and Islam studies. After having been inspired with the biographies of others, there will be a workshop on ‘Academic Storytelling’ in which we will take a closer look into our own biographies and how we frame them into a narrative that can be used in how we present ourselves professionally.

: Registration, tea and coffee, Café Noord, Matthias de Vrieshof 4, Leiden
10.00: Opening, Vrieshof 2, room 002.
10.30 – 12.30: Parallel meetings of the NOSTER PhD Seminars

PhD Seminar Historical Research in Theology and Religious Studies, Matthias de Vrieshof 2, room 001a
PhD Seminar Dogmatics, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, Matthias de Vrieshof 2, room 006a
PhD Seminar Religious Studies, Wijkplaats 2, room 001
PhD Seminar Empirical Research in Religion: Wijkplaats 2, room 005

PhD Seminar Biblical Studies: Wijkplaats 2, room 006

At the same time, NISIS has its own morning programme (digital poster presentation and discussion about valorising your knowledge on Islam; for more information and registration click here).

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch, Café Noord, Matthias de Vrieshof 4, Leiden
13.30 – 14.30: Plenary session: ‘Academic Biographies’, Vrieshof 2, room 002
14.30 – 16.30:  Workshop ‘Academic Storytelling’
Group 1: Vrieshof 2, room 002
Group 2: Vrieshof 2 room 004
16.30 – 16.45: Closing, room 002
16:45: Drinks (Café North End)

Participation: Registration is required via the NOSTER website. When logged in to your personal account on the NOSTER website a register button will appear on the right. A certificate of attendance can be given to the students after finishing the course.
Costs: Participation is free for NOSTER members. For those who are no member of NOSTER, the fee for the Midyear Meeting is €25,-. For more information about membership and costs per EC, see this page.
Credits: 0,5 EC (0,25 EC for the seminar meeting, 0,25 EC for the afternoon programme)
Place: Matthias de Vrieshof 4, Leiden


  • 26 Jan 2018 09:30 17:00
    Leiden University, Matthias de Vrieshof 4, Leiden


Matthias de Vrieshof 4, Leiden, Nederland
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