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Oct 12, 2018
The NGG Working Group on Religion Education is pleased to announce a theme meeting “The Study of Religion and Good Teaching Materials”, to be held on 31 October – 1 November 2018 at Leiden University.
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Feb 8, 2018

Stefan Binder winner of Gerardus van der Leeuw Award 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.

 

Binder’s study shows that theories in religious studies are thoroughly impregnated by Western concepts, and he proposes non-Eurocentric critical epistemology of secularity, faith and unbelief. He moreover presents his work in a very clear, coherent and consistent way.

 

For these reasons the committee decided to grant Stefan Binder the Gerardus van der Leeuw Award 2018.

The award committee:
Frans Wijsen (RU, Chair)
Thijl Sunier (VU)
Herman Beck (TU)
Annalisa Bitticci (UU)