Teaching staff: Professor dr. A.F. (Ab) de Jong (UL) and dr. H.J. (Jacqueline) Borsje (UvA).
Course description: This ongoing seminar meets every month and offers a forum to present and discuss parts of the PhD and ReMA projects of the participants. In addition, we will be discussing current debates and issues in the study of religion, with special focus on the interconnection between dedicated work (historical as well as contemporary) on concrete religions, religious materials, and religious phenomena, and general theorising about ‘religion’. This is, in a sense, the ‘black hole’ of the study of religion as an academic discipline: How do we connect our findings on specific, historically and empirically traceable, manifestations of religion with general insights in religion as a phenomenon? And how can we apply these general insights to our own often very specific research? Raising and discussing these questions is an important step towards the much-needed integration of the various disciplinary subfields that make up the contemporary study of religion. There will be plenty of time to use the presentations and debates for the acquisition of more general academic skills: framing and phrasing research questions – asking and answering the ‘so what?’ question – explaining the function and goal of the study of religion, and its impact on society – producing knowledge for society – investigating personal agency and positionality – training in presenting one’s work both orally and in written form – improving one’s skills in giving and receiving feedback – mutual intervision concerning one’s position as PhD candidate / ReMA student – preparation for professional life after the thesis/dissertation.
Course objectives: The course aims to support the participants during their research, to develop their skills, to deepen their insight in recent work in the study of religion and to make them aware of the need for an integrated programme in the study of religion.
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Teaching methods: Reading assignments, presentations, responses and discussions. The student is expected to participate actively. In preparation of each session, the student writes a 400 words’ response to the literature; if the student is unable to attend, a response of 1,000 words should be submitted. A short workshop on feedback will be given at the first seminar; a stylesheet for the response will be made available after the Kick-Off in September.
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 PhD candidates and for second-year ReMA students.
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 €150. For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates).
Place: Leiden, Amsterdam or online.
Credits and workload: 3 EC (84 hours).