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NISIS-NOSTER Network Meeting 2019

Friday 8 February 2019
Drift 21
3512 BR Utrecht

Moving in/out Religion

Just like last year, we will organise our midyear meeting together with NOSTER (the Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion). This year we have chosen for a thematic approach and will focus on the theme: ‘Moving in/out Religion’. During this day we will explore (research into) changing religious identities and discuss various movements in, out and in between religions. What does it mean to become religious (i.e. conversion), leave a religious tradition (i.e. deconversion, apostasy) or change between religious identities. Prof. Karin van Nieuwkerk (Radboud University) will give a keynote lecture, prof. Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University) will provide a response and we will read various texts discussing the theme.

In her lecture Karin van Nieuwkerk brings together two fields of study that are hitherto largely unconnected: the study of ‘conversion’ and ‘deconversion’. Based on her biographical research among people ‘moving in and out of Islam’, she will go into the ongoing nature of religious transformation processes. The study of religious transformation faces certain gaps and divides that the concept of ‘moving in and out’ tries to bridge. It can help to develop new dynamic approaches to embracing and leaving Islam, while simultaneously relativizing the importance of religion within the overall life stories of individuals.

The NISIS/NOSTER meeting will take place in Utrecht. More details on the programme will be announced soon. 

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