PThU welcomes Dr. Chris Scharen as research fellow

6 October 2021

Dr. Chris Scharen will be joining PThU as Research Fellow from 4 to 29 October 2021. Dr. Scharen is a specialist in the field of practical theology, in particular ethnographic research. During his stay as a guest researcher, he will work on his research on slavery. 

Research project

The title of his research project is Post-settler blues: decolonizing white practical theology and the future of global societies. He will also give guest lectures to Amsterdam bachelor students in the 'Sacred Food' course on St Lydia's Dinner Church in Brooklyn (New York), of which he is interim pastor. He will also share his work in a meeting of the monthly Practices Amsterdam research meeting.

At the PThU in Groningen, Dr. Scharen will also lead two afternoon meetings with senior researchers, PhD students and master's students, in which he will talk about interviewing as a spiritual practice, among other things.

About the research fellowship programme

Through the research fellowship programme, the PThU invites international researchers to stay at the PThU for a month as guest researcher. During their stay they are meant to contribute to the development of the research and the research foci of the PThU: Mediating Good Life and Moving Identities. With the programme the PThU also aims to give an impulse to the further internationalisation of its research by setting up or further shaping collaboration with international partners and by stimulating international co-publications.

Internationalisation for all

Although the programme is primarily focused on research, research fellows also give guest lectures in order to contribute to the international and intercultural dimension of education at the PThU. Although the university strongly encourages study abroad, we strive for internationalisation for all, including those who stay at home.


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