On Friday 13 June, the University of Groningen will award ten honorary doctorates as part of its 400th anniversary celebrations. 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.
Because of this honorary doctorate, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies organises a special programme with professor Casanova with a public lecture on June 11th and a paneldiscussion on June 12th.
> Read his blogs on secularism, religion and the public sphere.> More information on the ceremony
As of 1 Juli 2019, Drs Nienke Bastiaans will be the new Managing Director of the faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and member of the Faculty Board.
Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe
On 18 April 2019, Marije Coster will be awarded a PhD in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies for her thesis titled The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Allegiance and Authority in the Poetical Discourse of Muḥammad’s Lifetime.