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Launch of the Centre for Religious Studies

Wanneer:vr 30-11-2018 11:00 - 17:00
Waar:Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

On Friday 30th of November, the official launch of the Centre for Religious Studies  will take place. This centre bundles research on meaning and health, wellbeing, and death; and a variety of disciplinary approaches such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. The centre is part of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health at the University of Groningen.

To introduce the research of the centre, we will host a symposium titled ‘the Meaning of Wellbeing.’ With the audience, researchers and professionals will discuss the impact of earthquakes, sexual wellbeing and death. How do people deal with loss? What sort of counselling do people living in an earthquake area need? How do religious organizations aim to contribute to sexual wellbeing?

The symposium is open to all those who are interested to learn more about our research. If you would like to attend the program as a whole (including lunch) please register via before 26 November.


11:00 Welcome and the official opening
11:30 Making sense in an earthquake area (Dutch)
Roundtable: A conversation on meaning-making, health and wellbeing in an earthquake affected area.
With Bea Blokhuis, Tom Postmes, Jorien Holsappel en Hanneke Muthert.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Making sense of sexual wellbeing (Dutch/English)
Pre-presentation of the report and advice based on the research carried out within the project Religion, Sexuality and Secularism, by Brenda Bartelink.
With comments by Billie de Haas (RUG/SHARE-NET) and Karin de Schipper-Visser (SKIN).
14.30 Coffee and tea


Making sense of death (English)
Introduction by Christoph Jedan
Keynote by Avril Maddrell (University of Reading)
Presentation book “Consolation Scapes in the Face of Loss” with a column by Hella van der Wijst.

16.45 Drinks