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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Sites, Objects and Practices of Hope

Religious Heritage in Amsterdam and Groningen
Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, pic by Arjan Bronkhorst
Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (picture by Arjan Bronkhorst)

How can religious sites, objects and practices give hope for the future? In this summer school, students will dive into the world of religious heritage, focusing on past, present and future. They will meet with experts from museums, universities, faith communities and religious heritage professionals and learn about the role of heritage in musealisation, multifunctional use of religious buildings and the life of religious communities. While secularization seems to push religious objects and buildings into the realm of the past, handing them over to museums and secular heritage organizations, we want to ask how this new heritage can play a role in the future. In short, we want to explore the question together: what hope lies in the religious past?

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Each day, a range of excursions take place throughout Amsterdam. This will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in churches, mosques, Buddhist temples, synagogues and repurposed religious sites. A two-day excursion to Friesland and Groningen, during which the students will go champing (church camping), gives the opportunity to dive into the religious heritage of the Dutch countryside.

At the end of the week, the students will present vlogs they have made during the School, through which they can voice their own thoughts and perspectives.

Practical information

Dates

23 - 27 August 2021

Location

Amsterdam, outing to Groningen

Level

For BA/MA/PhD students and young professionals employed in museums and heritage organisations

Fee

€ 300
Incl. daily lunch and excursions,champing and welcome dinner on Monday night, excl. overnight stay and public transport.

If, due to COVID-19, the summer school cannot be offered this year, students will be reimbursed.

Academic coordinators

Prof. T.H. Weir, University of Groningen, Theology & Religious Studies
P.P. Ariese (Reinwardt Academy)
H.A. Pool (Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder)
A.A. den Hollander (VU)

Contact

Loïs Bakker: heritagesummerschool rug.nl

Requirements

The summer school is designed for undergraduate or graduate students working in the fields of culture, art or religion, museum or tourism studies, archaeology or heritage studies.

Students should be able to read historical and anthropological texts in English, undertake independent research and work in a group setting.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the relationship between contemporary religious and non-religious positions and the religious heritage of Europe’s past, and Amsterdam and Groningen in particular.
  2. Reflect on the changing meanings of religious sites, objects and practices.
  3. Gain familiarity with the concerns of leading heritage organizations.
  4. Explore the role of religious heritage in the theology, collective identity, ritual practice of different religious traditions.
Workload

Preparation: 20 hours
Lectures: 12 hours
Presentation: 10 hours
Excursions: 14 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 56 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.

Lecturers
P.P. Ariese (Reinwardt Academy)
P.P. Ariese (Reinwardt Academy)
A.A. den Hollander (VU)
A.A. den Hollander (VU)
T.H. Weir (University of Groningen)
T.H. Weir (University of Groningen)
Marieke van der Linden (VU)
Marieke van der Linden (VU)
Henk de Roest (PThU)
Henk de Roest (PThU)
Anique de Kruijf (Museum Catharijneconvent)
Anique de Kruijf (Museum Catharijneconvent)
  • H.A. Pool (Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder)
  • Birgit Meyer (UU)
  • Lieke Wijna (Museum Catharijneconvent)
  • Elza Kuyk (VU)
  • Gé Speelman (PThU)
  • Madelon Grant (Museum Catharijneconvent)
Course schedule

Each day, a range of excursions take place throughout Amsterdam. This will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in churches, mosques, Buddhist temples, synagogues and repurposed religious sites. A two-day excursion to Friesland and Groningen, during which the students will go champing (church camping), gives the opportunity to dive into the religious heritage of the Dutch countryside.

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form before the deadline of 1 July 2021. Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation

The Summer School is a joint collaboration between the Reinwardt Academy, Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, Vrije Universiteit, the University of Groningen and other partners of the Network Religious Heritage.

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