Kick-Off on Religion and Nationalism

On Friday 7 October, NOSTER organizes its annual Kick-Off in Nijmegen. The full programme is for NOSTER ReMA students and PhD candidates, but senior members of NOSTER are invited to the morning plenary session (10:00-12:30) on “Religion and Nationalism.”

Religion often plays a major role in different types of nationalism. At the Kick-Off, we will explore different types of religious nationalism – in past and present, in different national contexts and with a focus on different religions. How are religion and nationalism intertwined? Is ‘religious nationalism’ a useful or apt descriptor for the phenomena we study? And is (religious) nationalism necessarily problematic, as is often assumed? Such questions will be addressed by and discussed with Professor dr. Alfons Brüning (RU/PThU), dr. Brenda Bartelink (RUG) and dr. Lucien van Liere (UU).

Senior members of NOSTER don’t need to register, but a short message at is appreciated. ReMA students and PhD candidates need to register through Moodle.

Morning programme

Location: Erasmus Building (Erasmusplein 1), room 15.39/41

10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction by dr. Matthijs den Dulk (academic director of NOSTER)
10:15-10:45 Presentation by Professor dr. Alfons Brüning (RU/PThU) on the role of religion and nationalism in Russia’s war against Ukraine
10:45-11:15 Presentation by dr. Brenda Bartelink (RUG) on secular nationalism and the representation/framing of religion in debates about sexuality
11:15-11:45 Presentation by dr. Lucien van Liere (UU) on nationalism in Muslim-majority countries
11:45-12:30 Roundtable and plenary discussion – chaired by dr. Marco Derks (executive secretary and programme manager of NOSTER)