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Jun 10, 2019

Training seminar for high school teachers

September 25, 12:30-17h, University of Utrecht

Organized by NGG Working Group Religion Education


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Nov 4, 2011

NGG autumn conference 2011: Religions and their Despisers

Religions and their Despisers: Criticism and Vilification of Religions and Believers.

A joint NOSTER/NGG-Conference.


4-5 November 2011,  Soesterberg 


Friday 4 November


14.05-14.25        Opening of the conference by Gerard Wiegers, President of the NGG


Parallel sessions

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 PlateVisual Abuse: Blasphemous Arts as Praise and Protest


20.30-20.45        Discussion


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)

11.00.-11.15        Discussion


Parallel sessions


 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          


12.00-13.10        Lunch


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


14.00-14.15        Discussion


14.15-14.20        Coffee/tea


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

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).