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 is organised in collaboration with the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER). It will take place from October 19 to October 20, 2017.

The conference in brief

Keynotes: 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, Birgit Meyer, and Markus Altena Davidsen.

Call for Papers: You can find the call for papers here. [NB: The deadline has been extended till 30 May 2017]

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.

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