Nederlandse Onderzoekschool voor Theologie en Religiewetenschap
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Research Seminar Biblical Studies

0.25 EC 07 May 2019


Teaching staff: Professor dr. K. (Klaas) Spronk (PThU) and Professor dr. J.K. (Jürgen) Zangenberg (UL).
Course description: This ongoing seminar meets every month and offers a forum to present and discuss the ReMA or PhD research projects of the participants. One part of each session is devoted to discussion of work-in-progress. In the second part there is the opportunity for both theoretical/methodological reflection (e.g. discussing key articles) and all practicalities of carrying out ReMA or PhD research: mastering of sources, writing style, time management, etc. Last but certainly not least, the Research Seminar is a forum where ReMA students and PhD candidates can share their experiences and support each other, for example during the coffee break, or in the ‘third half’ (the lunch afterwards).
Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their research by introducing them to the current theoretical and methodological debate and by developing their dissertation skills through dialogue and workshops.
Final qualifications:

  • The participant is able to take part in collegial discussions of ongoing work and to present and defend his or her own work in ways that meet academic standards.
  • The participant is able to assess and discuss the theoretical and methodical aspects of research in the field of Biblical Studies.

NB ReMA students and PhD candidates doing historical research in theology and religious studies with a focus on textual and material analysis are welcome to participate in this Research Seminar, which will adapt its scope to the needs of the actual participants.
Teaching methods: 
Reading assignments, short lectures, presentations, responses and discussions.
Participation and registration: 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 €125. For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates).
Place: Amsterdam.
Credits and workload: 2.5 EC. There are 10 sessions per year. Preparation for and participation in each session takes on average approx. 7 hours altogether. You will receive 0.25 EC for active participation in each session.


  • 21 Sep 2018 10:00 13:00
    Nijmegen, as part of the NOSTER Opening of the Academic Year. More information t.b.a.
  • 09 Oct 2018 14:00 16:30
    Leiden University, Wykplaats4/003b
  • 14 Nov 2018 14:00 16:30
    PThU Amsterdam, Werkgroepzaal 3
  • 05 Dec 2018 13:30 16:00
    Leiden University, Eyckhof 2/002
  • 08 Jan 2019 10:30 13:00
  • 12 Feb 2019 10:30 13:00
  • 12 Mar 2019 10:30 13:00
    Leiden University, Eyckhof 2/002
  • 09 Apr 2019 10:30 13:00
  • 07 May 2019 10:30 13:00
    Leiden University, Eyckhof 2/002


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan, Buitenveldert-West, Amsterdam, Nederland
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