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

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NOSTER Spring Conference 2018

1 - 2 EC 17 Apr 2018

16 – 17 April 2018, Driebergen-Rijsenburg

Course description: The NOSTER PhD Spring Conference is the climax of the NOSTER academic year. For two days all NOSTER junior members are invited to meet up, present their research, discuss urgent matters in the field and follow workshops.

During the first day of the conference, all junior members are invited to present their research. Recently started junior members can present the outline of their research project, while more advanced candidates present a chapter of their thesis and will receive feedback from senior scholars in the field. During the second day of the conference, urgent matters from the field will be discussed and there will be workshops on more practical tools for your research. During the conference, there will be plenty of time to get to know your peers informally.

Research presentations: Every junior researcher is invited to present his/her research project during the Spring Conference. There are three types of research presentations;

  1. Presentations of recently started research consist of a short presentation on the design of your project (15 min. presentation, 15 min. questions and discussion).
  2. Presentations of intermediate research consist of a short presentation on a specific (methodological or theoretical) issue of your project (15 min. presentation, 15 min. questions and discussion).
  3. Presentations of advanced research consist of a presentation (20 minutes) of an article or chapter from your thesis (max. 20 pages) that is distributed in advance to the participants of the conference. A senior scholar will provide a response (10-20 minutes) and there will be time for questions and discussion (20-30 minutes).

Workshops: The workshops for this year’s conference:

  1. How to manage your supervisor? (ENG)
    The power relation between PhD candidate and supervisor is a peculiar one; on the one hand PhD candidates are independent scholars, but on the other hand, they are (at least to a certain extent) dependent on their supervisors. In this workshop, we will discuss how you as a PhD candidate can contribute to this relation in a positive way while at the same time respecting your personal and professional boundaries.
  2. Academic profiling (ENG)
    In this workshop, we will explore the use of online platforms and tools to share your research output with the academic world. What are the benefits and downsides of each or all? During the workshop you will receive information about the main platforms (Academia, ResearchGate and Mendeley) and other tools; learn about and discuss some moral questions about the corporations behind these platforms; receive feedback on your profile resp. give feedback to those of others; create or improve your profile(s).
  3. Verdedigen van je proefschrift (NL)
    In deze workshop staat het academisch ritueel van de verdediging van het proefschrift centraal. We bereiden je voor door informatie te geven over de regels en mores tijdens de verdediging. Daarnaast oefen je met het beantwoorden van een kritische vraag volgens het format dat gehandhaafd wordt tijdens verdedigingen. Deze workshop is bedoeld voor promovendi die in de laatste fase van hun onderzoek zitten. Voorafgaand aan deze workshop wordt gevraagd enkele pagina’s van je proefschrift toe te sturen op basis waarvan een vraag zal worden voorbereid.
  4. Opiniestukken schrijven over je promotieonderzoek (NL)
    In deze workshop leer je academische nuance van je af te schudden en kernachtig je onderzoek te presenteren in een opiniestuk. Daarbij krijg je meer inzicht in waar dagbladen op letten bij het selecteren van opinie-inzendingen.

Provisional Programme
Monday 16 April 2018
9:30 – 10:30       Arrival, check-in, coffee and tea
10:00 – 10:15      Welcome and introduction of the programme
10:15 – 11:15        Presentations of advanced research with senior researcher response
11:30 – 12:00      Presentations of recently started research
12:15 – 12:45       Presentations of recently started research
12:45 – 14:00      Lunch
14:00 – 15:00      Presentations of advanced research with senior researcher response
15:15 – 15:45        Presentations of recently started research
16:00 – 17:00      Presentations of advanced research with senior researcher response
17:00 – 18:15       Drinks
18:15 – 20:00      Diner
20:00 – 23:00     Evening programme

Tuesday 17 April 2018
08:00 – 09:00       Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30        Plenary Lecture by Prof.dr. Stephan van Erp (KU Leuven): “Migration, Religion and the Identity of Europe: Contributions and Challenges for Theologians and Scholars of Religion”
10:30 – 11:00        Coffee and tea break
11:00 – 13:00        Parallel workshops.
13:00 – 13:15         Plenary closing and farewell
13:15 – 14:15          Lunch

Location: Landgoed de Horst, De Horst 1, 3971 KR Driebergen-Rijsenburg
Level: The NOSTER spring PhD conference is open to (non-affiliated) PhD candidates and Research Master students in the field of Theology and Religious studies. In some cases, research-oriented students from other master programs may be admitted. For further information, please contact the office:
Language: The common language of the Spring PhD Conference will be English. However, some of the presentations and workshops will be in Dutch.
Credits: attendance at the conference, both days: 1 EC / attendance at the conference (both days) including a presentation of recently started or intermediate research: 1,5 EC / attendance at the conference (both days) including a presentation of advanced research: 2 EC
Costs: For NOSTER junior (PhD) members and ReMA students registered at NOSTER or any other research school in the Humanities participation is free of charge.
For participants who are not a member of NOSTER, the fees are:
Participation Spring PhD-Conference: € 50,-
Lunch: €15,- per day | Dinner: €30,- | Overnight stay (incl. breakfast): €75,-
Cancellation costs (apply for regular NOSTER-members as well)
After your registration for the Spring PhD Conference, we make a reservation at Landgoed de Horst. If you are unable to attend, please inform us as soon as possible so we can cancel the reservation. Cancellation until 1 April 2018 is free. Cancellation until 11 April 2018: 50 % of the total amount of 185 euro. Cancellation after 11 April 2018: 100% of the amount of 185 euro.
Registration: Registration is required via the NOSTER website before 1 April 2018. A certificate of attendance can be given to the students after the Spring Conference.



  • 16 Apr 2018 9:30 22:00
    Landgoed de Horst, De Horst, Driebergen-Rijsenburg.
  • 17 Apr 2018 9:00 14:00
    Landgoed de Horst, De Horst, Driebergen-Rijsenburg.


Landgoed de Horst, De Horst, Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Nederland