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Feb 12, 2018
The Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG), The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER) in cooperation with the University of Erfurt Research Centre „Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present“ are pleased to announce their joint conference on Interpreting Rituals: Historiographical Perspectives and Pluralistic Contexts, to be held on October 29-31, 2018 at Leiden University.

Nov 4, 2011

NGG autumn conference 2011: Religions and their Despisers

Religions and their Despisers: Criticism and Vilification of Religions and Believers.

A joint NOSTER/NGG-Conference.


4-5 November 2011,  Soesterberg 


Friday 4 November


14.05-14.25        Opening of the conference by Gerard Wiegers, President of the NGG


Parallel sessions

A 25 minute paper is followed by 10 minutes discussion, after which one may switch to the other session within 5 minutes.


14.30-15.05        Session A

McKearney, Patrick (MPhil Candidate, St.John's College, Cambridge), The ridicule of religion in contemporary British and Irish stand-up comedy

14.30-15.05        Session B

Gibson, Dawn-Marie (Royal Holloway, University of London), Censure and support as the Nation of Islam prepares for change


15.10-15.45        Session A

Peter, Frank (University of Berne), Visual critique and incorporation of Islam in France

15.10-15.45        Session B

Ribberink, Egbert, Achterberg, Peter, and Dick Houtman (Erasmus University of Rotterdam), Deprivatization or Disbelief: Non-Religiosity and Anti-Religiosity in 14 Western European Countries

15.45-16.15        Coffee/Tea break


16.15-16.50        Session A

Mazurski, Lara (University of Amsterdam), Besieged By Burqas: An analysis of Sverigedemokraterna’s 2010 Election Advert


16.15-16.50        Session B

Bosgraaf, Emke (Independent researcher), Religious studies’ toolkit: what components can be used for the study of atheism?


16.55-17.30        Session A

Dornhof, Sarah (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder), Reading practices, visuality and moral offense in the case of Salman Rushdie’s 'The Satanic Verses'


16.55-17.30        Session B

Touber, Jetze (Utrecht University), Reformed Spinozism: an anonymous’ eclectic interpretation of religious criticism in the Dutch Early Enlightenment

17.30-18.15        Informal gathering in the bar


18.15-19.45        Conference Dinner


19.45-20.30        Keynote Lecture 

Prof. Dr. S. Brent Rodríguez PlateVisual Abuse: Blasphemous Arts as Praise and Protest


20.30-20.45        Discussion


20.45-late            Informal gathering in the bar


Saturday 5 November


9.00-10.00           General Members Meeting NGG


10.00-10.15         Coffee/tea break


10.15-11.00     Key-note Lecture Transgressions of Religion: The Concept of Religion in Contemporary Controversies on Blasphemous Art - Anne-Marie Korte (University of Utrecht)

11.00.-11.15        Discussion


Parallel sessions


 11.20-11.55        Session A

Groeneweg, Ton (Mensen met een Missie; PhD from University of Leiden), An Uncomfortable Instrument: The Weak Vilification of Religion in Development Discourse


11.20-11.55        Session B

Stellmacher, Alexandra (FU Berlin), Criticized Critics in Hagiography: The Case ofJohnof Ephesus and his Eastern Saints          


12.00-13.10        Lunch


13.15-14.00        Keynote lecture Criticism and conflict. The contribution of spiritual-based organizations to the (de-)escalation of the controversy over Islam in the Netherlands - Sipco Vellenga, University of Amsterdam


14.00-14.15        Discussion


14.15-14.20        Coffee/tea


14.20-15.00     PhD Response Panel Discussion led by Brenda Bartelink (University of Groningen) and Markus Davidsen (University of Leiden)


15.00                   Closure of the Conference


Conference fee

Conference fee: €155 (this includes accommodation, meals, coffee and tea).

Conference fee for NGG senior members: €135

Conference fee for NGG junior members: €105 Euro.

NOSTER-members receive a discount of €25 Euro on the conference fee (for two days’ participation).


It is also possible to participate only one day, in which case the conference fee is: €50.


One-day participation of NOSTER-members is free (but €25 Euro has to be paid for meals and coffee and tea).