religion-2018After a successful first edition of the U4 Summer School Religion in Groningen last year, it is our pleasure to invite the PhD students of our four universities to Ghent, for an exciting 2nd U4 Summer School Religion on the topical theme of 'Exclusivity, inclusivity and pluralism'.

In the multidisciplinary study of religion the highly divergent ways in which religions – past and contemporary – have responded to types of otherness, constitute a topic of longstanding scholarly fascination and inquiry. With regard to the theme of interreligious encounters, there is a rich variety of concepts, theories, and methods that have been developed to understand the dialogues, transformations, adaptations, and conflicts taking place when religions meet.

From the perspective of the intrareligious construction of minority and majority identities, scholars of religion have furthermore paid substantial attention to the social mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion that come into action when religious individuals and groups are confronted with diversity in gender, ethnicity, socio-economic class, etc.

Taking our departure from the firm conviction that the strength of the field of religious studies resides in its multi-disciplinary approach, the second U4 Summer School Religion will again unite specialists from a broad array of disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. religious studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, ethics, history of religion, theology, law, literary studies) for a high quality training addressed to U4 PhD who wish to deepen their knowledge on the theme of religious heterogeneity and mechanisms of inclusivity, exclusivity and pluralism.

The courses will be subdivided in two different types of classes: (1) lectures with a general, theoretical, conceptual and/or methodological focus (including ample time for discussion) and (2) more practically oriented workshops in which you will work on more concrete topics with the relevant sources. A preliminary program will be available soon.

Let’s furthermore not forget that the U4 Summer School will offer you the exciting opportunity of discovering the lovely city of Ghent! Several cultural activities will be planned in the program, including as a visit to the Ghent Altarpiece, the wonderful masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, and a guided city walk with colleagues from the History Department.

How to apply?

We kindly ask PhD students who are interested in participating as a member of the delegation of Göttingen/Groningen/Uppsala to Ghent, to send a short e-mail, mentioning the name of their supervisor(s) and the title of their research project to:

Groningen: Joram Tarusarira (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Göttingen: Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Uppsala: Lena Roos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PhD Students from Ghent University, may e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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