The call for papers has been released for the 2017 NGG lustrum conference, which will take place on 19-20 October 2017 and is hosted at the Unversity of Utrecht.
Religions and their Despisers: Criticism and Vilification of Religions and Believers.
A joint NOSTER/NGG-Conference.
Friday 4 November
14.05-14.25 Opening of the conference by Gerard Wiegers, President of the NGG
A 25 minute paper is followed by 10 minutes discussion, after which one may switch to the other session within 5 minutes.
14.30-15.05 Session A
McKearney, Patrick (MPhil Candidate, St.John's College, Cambridge), The ridicule of religion in contemporary British and Irish stand-up comedy
14.30-15.05 Session B
Gibson, Dawn-Marie (Royal Holloway, University of London), Censure and support as the Nation of Islam prepares for change
15.10-15.45 Session A
Peter, Frank (University of Berne), Visual critique and incorporation of Islam in France
15.10-15.45 Session B
Ribberink, Egbert, Achterberg, Peter, and Dick Houtman (Erasmus University of Rotterdam), Deprivatization or Disbelief: Non-Religiosity and Anti-Religiosity in 14 Western European Countries
15.45-16.15 Coffee/Tea break
16.15-16.50 Session A
Mazurski, Lara (University of Amsterdam), Besieged By Burqas: An analysis of Sverigedemokraterna’s 2010 Election Advert
16.15-16.50 Session B
Bosgraaf, Emke (Independent researcher), Religious studies’ toolkit: what components can be used for the study of atheism?
16.55-17.30 Session A
Dornhof, Sarah (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder), Reading practices, visuality and moral offense in the case of Salman Rushdie’s 'The Satanic Verses'
16.55-17.30 Session B
Touber, Jetze (Utrecht University), Reformed Spinozism: an anonymous’ eclectic interpretation of religious criticism in the Dutch Early Enlightenment
17.30-18.15 Informal gathering in the bar
18.15-19.45 Conference Dinner
19.45-20.30 Keynote Lecture
Prof. Dr. S. Brent Rodríguez Plate, Visual Abuse: Blasphemous Arts as Praise and Protest
20.45-late Informal gathering in the bar
Saturday 5 November
9.00-10.00 General Members Meeting NGG
10.00-10.15 Coffee/tea break
10.15-11.00 Key-note Lecture Transgressions of Religion: The Concept of Religion in Contemporary Controversies on Blasphemous Art - Anne-Marie Korte (University of Utrecht)
11.20-11.55 Session A
Groeneweg, Ton (Mensen met een Missie; PhD from University of Leiden), An Uncomfortable Instrument: The Weak Vilification of Religion in Development Discourse
11.20-11.55 Session B
Stellmacher, Alexandra (FU Berlin), Criticized Critics in Hagiography: The Case ofJohnof Ephesus and his Eastern Saints
13.15-14.00 Keynote lecture Criticism and conflict. The contribution of spiritual-based organizations to the (de-)escalation of the controversy over Islam in the Netherlands - Sipco Vellenga, University of Amsterdam
14.20-15.00 PhD Response Panel Discussion led by Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen) and Markus Davidsen (University of Leiden)
15.00 Closure of the Conference
Conference fee: €155 (this includes accommodation, meals, coffee and tea).
Conference fee for NGG senior members: €135
Conference fee for NGG junior members: €105 Euro.
NOSTER-members receive a discount of €25 Euro on the conference fee (for two days’ participation).
It is also possible to participate only one day, in which case the conference fee is: €50.
One-day participation of NOSTER-members is free (but €25 Euro has to be paid for meals and coffee and tea).