The core staff of the Centre for Religion and Heritage consists of three scholars, who will introduce themselves below. In addition, we profit from the expertise of our colleagues in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.
Associate Professor of History of Christianity and Modern Culture
‘I am a cultural and intellectual historian of modern Germany and of the transnational history of religion and secularism. Before coming to Groningen in 2016, I taught history for nine years at Queen’s University Belfast. My research has focused on various aspects of the interaction of Christianity and secularism. I published a study on Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth Century Germany: The Rise of the Fourth Confession in 2014 for Cambridge University Press (Winner of the Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History of the American Philosophical Society). I have an abiding interest in conversion and apologetics. My next major research project will be a transnational history of the term worldview/Weltanschauung from 1790 to the present.
‘I am a cultural historian, specializing in the Middle Ages, particularly in the history of Late Medieval Reform and gender. Heritage is a recurrent theme in my work, for instance in my project on the appropriation of the Church Fathers and my work on the re-use of Early Church saints. In addition, I study the re-use of the late medieval reform movements such as the Devotio Moderna and Humanism as markers of contemporary Dutch culture and spirituality. Finally, I work on medievalism and popular culture, more specifically in film and television.
Watch this video with information on the Centre for Religion and Heritage and the research projects of Dr. Mathilde van Dijk.
‘I research medieval religious material cultures. My research explores what we can learn about the nature of religion and belief by the study of things, spaces, and practices; it asks what is the relationship between the made/used religious object and its maker/user. My particular expertise lie in the books, objects, spaces, and practices of medieval liturgy. I am especially interested in the materiality of the medieval religious book – gospel books, mass books, prayer books - and what changes in design and traces and use of these book-objects can tell about the communities that used them.’
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