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Feb 10, 2017

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.



Lustrum Conference 2017

Dynamics of Religious Diversity: The Study of Different Religions and Religious Difference in Postcolonial Configurations

In 2017, the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) celebrates its 70th anniversary. The lustrum conference will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University and will take place from October 19 to October 20, 2017.



The conference in brief

Keynotes: David Chidester (University of Cape Town), Kim Knibbe (University of Groningen), Eva Spies (University of Bayreuth), Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen).


Master class: On October 18, 2017, there will be a Masterclass for upcoming scholars (especially PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers) on Peter van der Veer’s new book The Value of Comparison (Duke University Press, 2016). Together with the author, participants will discuss problems related to limitations and possibilities of comparison in the study of religion on the basis of the book.


Organising committee: Christoph Baumgartner and Birgit Meyer.


Call for Papers: You can find the call for papers here.


More information. For more information about the conference and the masterclass, please visit the website



NGG travel and participation grants for the lustrum conference

As professional organisation for scholars of religion, the NGG has a special responsibility to help future and beginning scholars. To this end, the NGG board has decided to offer five travel and participation grants for students and doctoral students participating in the lustrum conference (or in both the conference and the masterclass).


What can be applied for? The grants cover participation in the conference (incl. conference dinner) as well as costs for travel and stay, up to a total of 300€.

Who can apply? Students and doctoral students with no or a limited travel budget. Self-funded doctoral students and (Res)MA students considering an academic career are particularly encouraged to apply. To be entitled to a travel grant, applicants must (i) present a paper at the lustrum conference and/or participate in the masterclass, and (ii) be or become members of the NGG.


How to apply? Send your application, consisting of a motivation letter and an overview of the expected costs, to the treasurer of the NGG, Frans Wijsen (f.wijsen[at], no later than 1 September 2017.