Spring Meeting 2018

The 2018 Spring Meeting of the NGG will take place at Tilburg University, on Friday 18 May.


12.30 Coffee & tea; registration; book table
13.00 Word of welcome
13.15 Award ceremony for the MA Thesis Award and the PhD Dissertation Award
13.30 Keynote Stefan Binder: “Total Atheism in South India: Toward a translational perspective on the secular”
14.30 Break and book table
14:45 Round table discussion: “(Non-)religion and dealing with death and disaster”
15:30 Annual members meeting and drinks!

Book table

All attendants to the 2018 NGG Spring Meeting are cordially invited to bring (recent) publications in the field of religion studies to the meeting and present them on our books table. Feel free to bring anything from monographs to thematic issues you contributed to and from edited volumes to print-outs of recent journal articles you wrote. And if your colleagues can’t make it to the spring meeting, make sure their publications do! This is an excellent opportunity to showcase what is going on in your department our faculty.

Keynote by Stefan Binder: “Total Atheism in South India: Toward a translational perspective on the secular”

This keynote lecture explores the heuristic and methodological potential of concepts like translatedness and translanguaging for studying the secular and explicitly non- or irreligious phenomena from a postcolonial vantage point.

In order to further develop scholarship on the secular, the lecture proposes to pay closer ethnographic attention to practices of “lived secularity“ beyond normative discourses grounded in European philosophical traditions. Lived atheism in South India—and similar phenomena elsewhere—may thus serve to inform and broaden conceptualisations and methodological approaches to the secular, instead of figuring merely as translations, derivations, or hybridisations of an original and supposedly European grammar of the secular.

Round table: “(Non-)religion and dealing with death and disaster”

Traditionally, religion has played a crucial role in how people deal with moments of crisis. This traditional function of religion concerns moments of personal loss as much as it does moments in which society as a whole has to deal with disasters or atrocities. In this round table discussion we will ask ourselves what happens when this traditional role of religion is no longer self evident. What happens, for example, if religious frames of reference come to compete in a plural setting? Or if a religious frame of reference is no longer dominant and possibly no longer even available to younger generations? We will start this round table with some short pitches of relevant ongoing research projects. If you would like to pitch your research as well, please contact our secretary William Arfman (info@godsdienstwetenschap.nl)

Agenda Algemene Ledenvergadering (In Dutch)

  • Welkom
  • Goedkeuring besluitenlijst van de algemene ledenvergadering van 18 mei 2017 (bijlage 1)
  • Mededelingen van het bestuur (voorzitter)
  • Voorstellen Werkgroep Onderwijs, Religie en Levensbeschouwing (Markus Davidsen; bijlage 2)
  • Goedkeuring toetreding nieuwe leden (secretaris; bijlage 3)
  • Brainstorm: ledenwerving en ledenbinding
  • Financieel jaarverslag 2017 (penningmeester en kascommissie; bijlage 4)
  • Instelling kascommissie voor 2018
  • Goedkeuring begroting 2018
  • NGG conferentie 2018 in Leiden: stand van zaken (Mattias Brand)
  • W.v.t.t.k

De volledige agenda met bijlagen vindt u hier.


Date: Friday 18 May 2018.
Time: 12.30-17.00
Venue: Tilburg University: PZ051
Organizers and sponsors: Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap (NGG) and the Department of Culture Studies (Tilburg University).

Registration: Participation is free. Please register before May 11 by sending an email to info@godsdienstwetenschap.nl.

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