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Summer School 'Sites, Objects and Practices of Hope'

From:Mo 23-08-2021
Until:Fr 27-08-2021
Where:Amsterdam, outing to Groningen

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?

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.