The honorary doctorate proposed by the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies will be awarded to José Casanova (1951), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), Department of Sociology, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.
José Casanova is one of the world's most prominent scholars in the sociology of religion, with a special interest in the contemporary period and the relation between religion, secularism, and processes of globalization.
> Read his blogs on secularism, religion and the public sphere.
The profile of the Groningen Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies centres on the intertwining of religion and culture. Professor Casanova’s work is an important point of reference across the faculty. A particularly close match of research interests exists with two of the faculty’s departments:
The joint work of the department centres on the theme ‘Religion on the Ground: Practices and Discourses in Social Transformation’ with a focus on the concrete, lived, and socially embedded aspects of religion. It investigates how religion is co-constitutive to creating individual and collective identities and practices.
To stimulate young researchers to work on societal challenges, UG's societal theme Sustainable Society, provided PhDs the opportunity to apply their research proposal for an European or Intercontinental grant up to € 2500,-. The winners have now been...
On 14 October 2019 Dr Mathilde van Dijk, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and Gender Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, won first prize in the annual essay competition of NRC and KHMW
On 30 September 2019, Giacomo Baggio will defend his dissertation entitled ‘The Vimalakīrtinirdeśa Commentary [T1775] by Sengzhao et alia and the Chinese Conquest of Buddhism’ to earn his doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the Faculty of Theology...