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Oct 24, 2013

2013 Annual NGG meeting "Lived Religion: Studying Religious Practice"

24–25 October 2013, University of Leiden 

Outline of conference theme

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the NGG focuses on lived religion, that is religious practice such as it is actually enacted and religious identities and beliefs such as they are actually held. The opposite of lived religion is thus not ‘dead religion’, but ‘prescribed religion’, the religion of catechisms, canons, and creeds. We invite papers that explore the lived religion of groups and individuals, including the unofficial and everyday dimensions of the great religious traditions, non-institutional and post-Christian religion (e.g., ‘new age’, neo-paganism), and tensions between lived and prescribed religion. The conference welcomes anthropological, sociological, cognitive, and historical perspectives, and we especially encourage papers of a methodological or theoretical nature. The conference aims to advance the study of lived religion by critically and systematically reflecting on the core question ‘how do we approach and theorise lived religion’? 

We are honoured to present two distinguished keynote speakers: 

Prof.Dr. Ronald Hutton, “Lived Religion in Theory and Practice: The Case of Modern Paganism" 


Modern Paganism offers a field for study which addresses all of the aims of this conference: it explores non-institutional religion; the tensions between lived and prescribed religion; the role of history in the making of lived religious traditions; the problems of detachment and involvement; the status of 'insider knowledge'; and issues of validity, verification and reflexivity. It does so because of its special qualities as a modern religion. It was created largely on a model provided by the academic orthodoxy of the time, as published by leading historians, and using features of that model which were especially attractive to a modern counter-culture. In doing so it brought two difficulties on itself, that the orthodoxy changed over time, to pronounce the model no longer objectively valid, and that the image of the past with which it had identified itself was one deeply disturbing to mainstream modern culture. As a result, a scholar who writes the history of modern Paganism, and especially of modern Pagan witchcraft, is placed in an uncomfortable triangle of relationships: between professional historical writing, modern Pagans, and conventional society.


Hutton is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. Also the leading historian of the ritual year in Britain and of modern paganism.

Dr. Nathal Dessing, “How to Study Everyday Lived Religion” 


In my talk, I will take the 1961 documentary film Chronique d’un été by the sociologist Edgar Morin and the ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch as a starting point for my discussion of what an emphasis on everyday lived religion implies for our research methodologies. Chronique d’un été portrays the everyday life mainly of a small group of Parisians in the year 1960 through interviews and short episodes of their lives. The documentary poses interesting questions about the interaction between observer and observed, the relationship between the individual and the social, and the role of reflexivity. It draws our attention to the performative dimensions of the everyday. The aim of my talk is to use perspectives such as this for the study of everyday lived religion. I will argue that a focus on everyday lived religion demands that we transcend the binaries of institutional and noninstitutional, belief and practice, mind and body, and religious authorities and nonexperts, and seek new ways of analyzing how social norms and values are lived in everyday life.


Dr. Nathal M. Dessing is university lecturer in Religious Studies. Her expertise is in anthropology of Islam, Islam in Europe, and ritual studies.



For the programme of the conference, please click here.



The conference registration is open until 10 October 2013. The conference fee is as follows:


Registration before 1 October:

  • Senior members of the NGG: €50,-
  • Junior members of the NGG: €30,-
  • Senior non-members: €70,-
  • Junior non-members: €40,-
  • Noster members: €30,-

 Registration after 1 October: €70,-


This fee covers participation in the conference as well as coffee/tea breaks, a conference dinner on Thursday evening, and a lunch on Friday. It does not cover accommodation.


Students are allowed to attend the lectures for free.


Please register as soon as possible. To register, please send an e-mail to Markus Altena Davidsen ( The conference fee should be transferred before 10 October 2013 to the bank account of the NGG: account number 1562177 (IBAN = NL77INGB0001562177; BIC = INGBNL2A). Registration is valid as soon as the registration fee is received.


If you have dietary preferences, please indicate them when you are registering, so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.


Other practical details

The Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap) in cooperation with Leiden University Institute for Religious Studies and the The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER).

Organising committee
Prof.Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad (chair, NGG), Markus Altena Davidsen (secretary, NGG), William Arfman, (PhD representative, NGG), Dr. Wim Hofstee (Leiden Institute for Religious Studies). 

Conference Venue:   LipsiusBuilding, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD,Leiden

Keynote Thursday:    AcademyBuilding, Rapenburg 67-73, 2311 GJ,Leiden

Conference Dinner:   De Grote Beer, Rembrandtstraat 27, 2311 VV,Leiden


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24–25 October 2013. The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday the 24th and end at 5 p.m. Friday the 25th. 


A number of reservations have been made at two hotels, the Rembrandt Hotel (rooms between around €85,- and €105,-) and Hotel Mayflower (rooms around €75,-). To make use of these reservations, please contact the hotel directly and explain that it concerns one of the rooms set apart for the NGG. Payment is made directly to the hotel. Our option at Hotel Mayflower is available until the 5th of September and the one at the Rembrandt Hotel until the 23th. Availability is limited, so if you want to make use of these reservations, please make sure to contact the hotel in question as soon as possible.


For (postgraduate-)students, free accommodation can be made available at a student’s house. Please mention it when registering if you want to make use of this option.

For updates and information, please see the website of the NGG at or follow us on Twitter at @NGG_nl and join the conversation: #2013NGG


Date(s): 24–25 October 2013 
Location: Leiden University