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NOSTER Spring Conference 2019

1 - 2 EC 16 Apr 2019

15-16 April 2019, Driebergen-Rijsenburg

The NOSTER Spring Conference is the climax of the NOSTER academic year. For two days, all ReMA students and PhD candidates in theology and religious studies are invited to present their research, to comment on presentations by their peers, to attend a lecture on current issues in the field, to participate in workshops and to engage in informal conversations

The provisional programme of the 2019 edition is as follows:

Monday 15 April 2019
9:30 – 10:00: Registration, coffee and tea
10:00 – 10:15: Welcome
10:15 – 11:15: Parallel presentations of advanced research
11:30 – 12:30: Parallel presentations of advanced/intermediate research
12:30 – 13:45: Lunch
13:45 – 14:15: Parallel presentations of ReMA research
14:30 – 15:00: Parallel presentations of intermediate/recently research
15:15 – 17:15: Keynote lecture by prof. dr. Ellen van Wolde (RU): ‘The Value of Cognitive Approaches for Theology and Religious Studies’ 
17:15 – 18:15: Drinks
18:15 – 20:00: Diner
20:00 – 21:30: Evening programme by the junior council

Tuesday 16 April 2019
9:00 – 9:30: Parallel presentations of recently started/intermediate research
9:45 – 10:45: Parallel presentations of advanced research
11:00 – 13:00: Workshops
13:00 – 14:15: Closing & Lunch

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been passed and the presentations have been scheduled. For those who will give a presentation of advanced research, please send in your article/chapter before 26 March 2019.

Keynote lecture Prof. Ellen van Wolde: ‘The Value of Cognitive Approaches for Theology and Religious Studies.’
Over the last decades, cognitive approaches have permeated the various subfields of our fields. Prof. Ellen van Wolde (Radboud University Nijmegen) will provide a keynote lecture in which she will show/explain the value of cognitive approaches for herself as a biblical scholar, but also for other scholars in theology and religious studies. In cognitive approaches, a word’s meaning is identified with cognition or mental processing, including both sensory and motor experience, as well as a speaker’s conception of the social, cultural and linguistic context. Van Wolde observed that concepts and terminology for examining the interaction of textual and historical complexes were lacking. That is why she developed a method of analysis to investigate interactions among words and texts in the Hebrew Bible, material and nonmaterial culture, and comparative textual and historical contexts. This method of analysis is based on detailed studies of specific relationships among data of diverse origins, using language as the essential device that links and permits expression. This method can be called a cognitive relational approach. In her lecture, Van Wolde will show what this method entails, how she has developed it, how she uses it in her research and how it can be of value for other scholars in theology and religious studies.

Required preparatory reading:
Wolde, E. van (2009). Mental Processing or Cognition. In Ellen van Wolde, Reframing Biblical Studies: When Language and Text meet Culture, Cognition, and Context (pp. 22-50). Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.
The text is available at the NOSTER website: You need to be logged in to your personal account to be able to access the texts.

When filling out the registration form below, you can indicate which workshop you prefer to participate in.

1. How to overcome a ‘writer’s block’? 
Most academics will have trouble with writer’s block at some point in their academic career. A writer’s block is a condition in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a major piece of writing. Fortunately, there are as many ways to deal with writer’s block as there are causes. In this workshop, we will scrutinize the phenomenon and practice strategies in overcoming it. The workshop will be provided by dr. Griet Coupé, who is the coordinator of the Academic Writing Centre Nijmegen (Academisch Schrijfcentrum Nijmegen; ASN).

2. Combining academic work with a nurturing private life
Predictable phases of intensive writing and deep thinking can cause stress in the lives of ReMA students and PhD candidates. This workshop offers a safe space to learn to navigate these phases more effortlessly by learning how to connect with your needs and articulate them in an empathic manner. Attending this workshop will help raise your awareness of how you signal and care for your personal boundaries in terms of both time and energy. The workshop offers tools for cultivating healthy academic self-care. The workshop will be provided by dr. Anna Tijsseling, who is a self-employed coach and trainer at Academic Authenticity. As a historian, she held multiple postdoc positions and lectured in Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht.

3. 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. De workshop wordt verzorgd door Monic Slingerland, chef opinieredactie bij dagblad Trouw. Eerder was ze bij Trouw verslaggever protestantse kerken, chef kerkredactie, eindredacteur van het achtergrondkatern de Verdieping en verslaggever katholiek nieuws.

4. Het 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.

Credits and workload: The workload consists of reading the prepratory texts of the presentations of advanced research that you will attend during the conference.
Attendance of the full conference is rewarded with 1 EC.
Attendance of the full conference and a presentation of ReMA/recently started/intermediate research is rewarded with 1.5 EC.
Attendance of the full conference and a presentation of advanced research is rewarded with 2 EC.
A certificate of attendance can be given to the students after the Spring Conference.
Costs: Participation is free for ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at NOSTER. ReMA students and PhD candidates registered at any other research school represented in LOGOS need to pay when joining for dinner (€25) and/or when staying overnight (€55). ReMA students and PhD candidates not registered at any LOGOS research school need to pay a fee of €125 plus additional costs for dinner (€25) and/or overnight stay (€55). For more information about membership and costs, click here (for ReMA students) or here (for PhD candidates).
Participation and registration: You can register by filling out the registration form below. After your registration for the Spring 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 is free before 1 April. If you cancel between 1 and 11 April, 50% of the costs (see above) will be charged; after 11 April, this will be 100% of the costs. Registration is only possible when logged in with your NOSTER account; the registration form should appear below. The registration deadline is 1 April 2019.



  • 15 Apr 2019 9:30 22:00
    Landgoed de Horst, De Horst, Driebergen-Rijsenburg.
  • 16 Apr 2019 9:00 14:00
    Landgoed de Horst, De Horst, Driebergen-Rijsenburg.

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