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Summer School - Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe, 16-22 June 2019, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 29, 2019

Deadline: Apr 01, 2019

Event Dates: from Jun 16, 2019 12:00 to Jun 22, 2019 12:00

 Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe

The Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen invites advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students to explore a new domain of inquiry in the study of religion, namely religious heritage. This summer school of Groningen’s Centre for Religion and Heritage will introduce students from around Europe and beyond to the field of heritage studies with a focus on religion. Heritage will be explored as a form of religious memory that is mobilized in cultural and political contests and interactions, as well as a new force in theology and religious practice. In particular, we will ask what role heritage plays in interactions between religious communities in history and in the present.

The 2019 summer school will be integrated into two related conferences. The first is a three-day international conference on “Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe” that the Centre is organizing with leading Dutch heritage organizations such as the Jewish Historical Museum (Amsterdam), Museum Catharijneconvent (Utrecht) and Future of Religious Heritage (Brussels). Students will attend select events of the conference, meet managers in European and Dutch heritage organizations and museums that are attending the conference, and take part in excursions to local religious heritage sites. In seminars, they will discuss what they have observed in the conference and study key texts in heritage studies.

The second conference is a one-day meeting of scholars from the International Network for Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE), which was cofounded by universities in Israel, Germany, UK, the Netherlands and the USA in 2017. INIRE partners will provide core staff for the duration of the one-week summer school, making this the third INIRE Summer School. The previous summer schools took place in Bar Ilan in 2017 and Leipzig in 2018.

Course information

Target audience

The summer school is designed for both undergraduate as graduate students following, or having followed, a BA or MA within the field of culture, art or religion.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Reflect on the relationship between contemporary religious and non-religious positions and the religious heritage of Europe’s past.
  • Understand contested religious sites.
  • Gain familiarity with the concerns of leading heritage organizations.
  • Explore the role of religious heritage in the theology, collective identity, ritual practice of different religious traditions.


The general workload will be around 40 hours. This includes preparatory work, attending seminars, conference meetings and writing a final paper/exam.

Upon successful completion of the program, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


The fee ( 250) includes a reception and closing dinner, everyday lunch and coffee and tea, conference fees and excursions.
Housing (7 nights, from Sunday 16/6/219 to Saturday 22/6/19), in a group accommodation in Groningen is available upon request for  200


To apply, kindly submit the online application form. Please note you will be ask to upload your CV and a letter of motivation. 
The deadline for application is 1 May 2019. For those who need a visa, the deadline for application is 1 April 2019.

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