The course units in the MA track Religion, Conflict and Globalization are taught by anthropologists, sociologists and political scientists who are recognized as experts in their respective fields, all studying religion as a cultural and social phenomenon. In the course units, they will provide you with an up-to-date overview of the state of the art of the subjects you are studying, often drawing on their own research.
Teachers and their expertise
- Brenda Bartelink: She is currently researching health, well-being and family relations in African initiated churches in the Netherlands.
- Marjo Buitelaar: The themes of globalisation and identity formation feature prominently in her recently started research on the hajj (the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca).
- Peter Berger: His ongoing research into the current religious changes in indigenous highland societies in India provides insight into how the local and the global are related.
- Kim Knibbe: Expert on the worldwide spread of Pentecostal churches from Nigeria. She investigates the many faces of religious globalisation and looks at the role of religion in conflicts in Africa and Europe. Her new research on the relationship between religious and secular notions concerning sexuality in the African Diaspora will look into how religion, globalisation and health are intertwined.
- Julia Martínez-Ariño: Her research concentrates on the policy and governance issues related to religious diversity in European post-immigration societies.
- Méadhbh McIvor: She is a social anthropologist with a particular interest in where law and religion intersect.
- Joram Tarusarira: Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization. Specializes in conflict transformation and research into peacebuilding. He is an expert on religion, society and politics in Zimbabwe.
- Dr Erin Wilson: She is a specialist on the contentious position of religion in the modern Euro-American public domain. She focuses on refugee and asylum issues.
These researchers regularly discuss ongoing research and events on the weblog The Religion Factor. Students are also asked to contribute to this.
Much of the research by the department connects with the activities of:
- Centre for Religion, Conflict, and Globalization
- Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia
- Centre for Religion, Health, and Wellbeing.
These centres regularly invite speakers and organise events on the role of religion in contemporary societies, where MA students, PhD students and staff engage in lively discussions.
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