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

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Research Seminar Dogmatics, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion

2.5 EC 10 Jun 2020


Teaching staff: Professor dr. P.B.A. (Peter-Ben) Smit (VU/UU) and Professor dr. H.S. (Rick) Benjamins (PThU).
Course description: This seminar offers a forum to present and discuss parts of the ReMA or PhD research projects of the participants. The sessions focus on the exploration of current debates in dogmatics, ethics and philosophy of religion as well as on the mastering of presentation skills, both in relation to the research projects of the participants. Yearly, we focus additionally on a text or a book that is key to the field, either in terms of content or in terms of method. We also make room in our programme to attend lectures or workshops by visiting professors of interest. During our sessions, we reflect on papers or chapters of participants that challenge both the authors and the readers. Academic skills that are trained include citation styles and preparing a bibliography; balancing personal commitment and academic distance; choosing and applying the right method; starting (and applying for) a PhD project, remaining in charge of it, and bringing it to a good (and timely) end; presenting and defending one’s research; publishing strategies; commenting on texts of colleagues; preparing for professional life after successfully defending one’s thesis.
Course objectives: The course aims at supporting the participants during their research and developing their skills through dialogue and workshops.
Final qualifications:

  • The participant is able to take part in discussions of ongoing work with peers.
  • The participant is able to present and defend his or her own work.
  • The participant is able to assess and discuss the methodological and theoretical aspects of systematic research in the field of dogmatics, ethics and philosophy of religion.

Teaching methods: Assignments, 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 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: Utrecht.
Credits and workload: 2.5 EC (70 hours).


  • 27 Sep 2019 10:30 13:00
    Part of Kick Off event
  • 04 Nov 2019
  • 07 Feb 2020 10:30 12:30
    Venue:Radboud University, Nijmegen. Part of Mid Year Meeting 2020
  • 09 Jun 2020
  • 10 Jun 2020


Nieuwegracht 61/65, Utrecht, Nederland
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