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Feb 8, 2018

Out of seven excellent doctoral dissertations the award committee selected Stefan Binder’s dissertation, titled 'Total Atheism: Making mental revolutions in South India' as the most original and innovative. In addition, the dissertation was also considered to contribute the most to religious studies as an academic discipline, balancing carefully between ethnographic data and theoretical debates.


Young Scholars

One important objective for the NGG is to lend support to the next generation of scholars of religion. Therefore, in addition to three senior scholars of religion, there are two postgraduate students on the NGG board who represent this next generation.


In 2013, the NGG has launched the Gerardus van der Leeuw Dissertation Award. This prize was awarded for the first time at the 2014 joint NGG/EASR/IAHR Conference in Groningen. The Van Baaren Stichting generiously sponsors half the prize money (which totals 750€). In 2017, the NGG launched a second prize, namely the Cornelis Tiele MA thesis Award, which will be first handed out at the NGG Sring Meeting in 2018.


To further encourage the involvement of young scholars in the academic study of religion, the NGG in 2016 organised a Master Class for PhD students in conjunction with the autumn conference. 


To benefit from these opportunities, the NGG encourages excellent graduate and postgraduate students to apply for membership