Religious Studies / Study of Religion
Teaching staff: Prof.dr. A.F. de Jong (UL) and dr. H.J. Borsje (UvA)
This ongoing seminar meets monthly and offers a forum to present and discuss parts of the PhD and ResMA-projects of the participants. In addition, we will be discussing current debates and issues in the study of religion, with a particular focus on the interconnection between dedicated work (historical as well as contemporary) on concrete religions, religious materials, and religious phenomena, and general theorizing 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 such 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 in society – producing knowledge for society – investigating personal agency and positionality – critiquing the work of others and dealing with being criticized – preparation for professional life after the thesis/dissertation.
The course aims to support the participants during their ResMA and PhD-work, 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.
Research papers of participants, selected readings concerning current debates in the field of the study of religion.
Presence and participation, delivery of prepared critical comments
Assignments, presentations, responses and discussions
Participation and registration
Registration is required via the NOSTER website. A certificate of attendance can be given to the students after finishing the course. In case you are an external PhD candidate your promotor has to send NOSTER an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), giving his or her consent with your participation.
Participation is free for NOSTER members. For those who are no members of NOSTER the fee for this seminar is €125,-. For more information about membership and costs per EC, see: https://noster.org/phdstudents/membership-noster/
Credits: 0,25 EC / meeting
Number of sessions: Ten sessions per year of 3 hours each.
Course-specific Admission requirements
The course is open to PhD candidates and Research Master students in theology and religious studies. In some cases, research-oriented students from other master programmes may be admitted. For further information, please contact the office (email@example.com).
Contact information of the seminar secretary
Hannah Storm: firstname.lastname@example.org