Nederlandse Onderzoekschool voor Theologie en Religiewetenschap
Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion

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Theme: Moving in/out of Religion

Just like last year, we will organize our midyear meeting together with NISIS (the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies). This year we have chosen for a thematic approach and will focus on the theme: ‘Moving in/out of Religion’. This theme concerns fundamental issues in all subdisciplines of theology and the study of religion since it is closely related to the question of what it means to be religious. During this day we will explore (research into) changing religious identities and discuss various movements into religion, out of religion and from one religion to another. What does it mean to become religious (i.e. conversion), leave a religious tradition (i.e. deconversion, apostasy) or change between religious identities? Prof. dr. Karin van Nieuwkerk (RU) will give a keynote lecture, prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte (UU) will provide a response. In the afternoon there will be intensive text reading meetings in which both; fundamental/conceptual issues and methodological issues, will be discussed. 

Abstract lecture Prof. dr. Karin van Nieuwkerk
In this lecture, Karin van Nieuwkerk brings together two fields of study that are hitherto largely unconnected: the study of ‘conversion’ and ‘deconversion’. Based on her biographical research among people ‘moving in and out of Islam’, she will go into the ongoing nature of religious transformation processes. The study of religious transformation faces certain gaps and divides that the concept of ‘moving in and out’ tries to bridge. It can help to develop new dynamic approaches to embracing and leaving Islam, while simultaneously relativizing the importance of religion within the overall life stories of individuals.

Afternoon text reading meetings
In the afternoon we will have intensive text reading meetings. During the first hour, we will discuss texts with a more conceptual/theoretical approach towards the theme. In the second hour, we will discuss methodological consequences for the study of moving in/out of religion in two groups. One group will be dedicated to the (empirical/sociological/anthropological) study of practices of moving in/our of religion. The other group focusses on the study of (historical/religious) texts on moving in/out of religion. The readings for the afternoon can be found on the right (when logged in to your personal account on this website).

10:00 – 10:30 Registration, coffee and tea
10.30 – 11.30 Brill workshop: ‘Publishing as a Junior Researcher’
11.30 – 13.00 Lecture Karin van Nieuwkerk, response Anne-Marie Korte and time for questions and discussion
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.45 Text reading meeting part I
15:15 – 16:00 Text reading meeting part II
IIa Moving in/out of religion in (religious/historical) texts
IIb Practices of moving in/out of religion

Course objectives / final qualifications:
The participant has deepened its understanding and knowledge of the conceptual and methodological issues on the theme.
The participant is able to reflect on various theoretical and methodological approaches to the theme.
The participant is able to relate its own research project/interest to the theme.
Required reading: Selected readings on the theme will be available on this page as soon as possible.
Assessment methods: Presence and participation, delivery of prepared critical comments.
Teaching methods: Lecture, response, discussion.
Registration: 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 meeting is €25,-. For more information about membership and costs per EC, see this page


  • 08 Feb 2019 10:00 16:30
    Utrecht University, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21 Room 005.


Drift 21, Drift, Utrecht, Nederland
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