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NISIS-NOSTER Network Day/Midyear Meeting 2018

26 January 2018
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden

Academic Biographies. How to Construct/Design your (Academic) Narrative?

How to find your space in society valorising the expertise you acquired during your academic career as PhD candidate or Research Master student in theology, religious or Islamic studies? The skills and knowledge gained in academia are currently important selling points in other fields, such as arts, education, healthcare, and politics. This Network Day/Midyear meeting, reaches over academic borders and presents ways to learn how to deal with these new requirements.  Professionals, not only active in academia, but also in societal fields where their knowledge on religion or Islam is necessary, will share their experiences with us and they will show us how to present ourselves and our expertise in academic and non-academic circles.

The Network Day/Midyear meeting is a joint event organised by NISIS and NOSTER. The theme of this day is ‘Academic Biographies’.

In the morning there will be parallel programs for NISIS and NOSTER juniors; NISIS will organise a workshop on ‘valorising knowledge on Islam.’ During the workshop, one or two senior professionals who wrote a dissertation in the field of Islamic Studies, but work (partly) outside academia will present their experiences. How do they valorise their knowledge on Islam and Muslim cultures? In addition, NISIS junior members will be invited to present digital posters. They will be asked to explain in 5 minutes (or even less) how and where they see opportunities for valorising their expertise. The posters will also be printed and displayed during the breaks and lunch to enable all participants to have a look at them.

For NOSTER juniors, the PhD and text reading seminars will gather in the morning. NOSTER’s long-term seminars are the core of the NOSTER curriculum and are arranged by theme and/or methodology. The seminars aim at establishing an academic community of peers in which the research in progress is presented and discussed. Next to presenting and discussing own work, the participants are reading methodological and theoretical key texts to become experts in their sub-discipline. Each seminar consists of ten half-day sessions during the academic year and are supervised by senior researchers in the field. An overview of the seminars can be found here: http://noster.org/curriculum/.    

After lunch, NISIS and NOSTER members will merge for the afternoon programme on ‘Academic Biographies.’ The origin, structure and meaning of (religious) narratives is what many of our junior scholars study in their research projects. But how do we structure and narrate our own story as a scholar and present ourselves in academia and to the outside world. We have invited keynote speakers who have an interesting biography not only within academia, but also in the wider public debate on theology, religious and Islam studies.  After having been inspired with the biographies of others there will be a workshop on ‘Academic Storytelling’ in which we will take a closer look on our own biographies and how we frame them into a narrative. For the time schedule and more details, please see the programme of the Network Day.

Confirmed speakers are:

Dr Luit Mols (research bureau Sabiel & University of Amsterdam)
Dr Younes Saramifar (VU University Amsterdam) 
Dr Katja Rakow (Utrecht University)
Ignace de Haes (career service of the faculty Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen)

This NISIS-NOSTER Network Day provides an excellent opportunity for PhD candidates and students to acquaint themselves with the newest developments in the field of Islamic and Religious studies and to exchange information and experiences with colleagues and specialists. This event is open to all. To attend, please register by sending an email to nisis@hum.leidenuniv.nl


Call for applications poster presentations

During the morning session of the network day/midyear meeting, NISIS offers junior researchers the opportunity to give short presentations (five minutes or less) on how they think their research contributes to society, or in other words, how their knowledge and skills can be deployed in academia but certainly also beyond. Besides this presentation, the poster will be on display throughout the day. We invite PhD candidates and research master students, whose research focuses on the study of Muslims, Muslim societies and Islam in the broadest sense of the word, to apply for a poster presentation.

The poster (A3 size) should contain the following information:

- title;

- supervisor(s) involved in research;

- short description of research topic;

- short biography;


PhD candidates and students who want to apply for a poster presentation can send a short biography (including current affiliation) and short abstract of their research (300 words max.) to nisis@hum.leidenuniv.nl. NISIS junior members automatically qualify for participation, but need to register by sending an email to nisis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.  The deadline for application is Monday 22 January 2018.

The deadline for handing in posters (A3 size, pdf format, by email) is Tuesday 23 January 2018 at the latest, so that NISIS can take care of printing. Please note that for the presentation a digital version of your poster is required, so bring a one slide PowerPoint to the NISIS Network Day.

NISIS junior members have the opportunity to gain 1 EC for their successful participation in the Network Day. In order to receive 1 EC, participants must give a short presentation, prepare a poster, and show active participation.