- Call for articles: Special Issue Religion: Birth and DeathBirth and death are fundamental human experiences. Both life-transitions are meaningful and profound but can also lead to ambiguous feelings, negotiated in embodied, cultural, spiritual and symbolic practices (Hallam et al., 1999; Kaufman and Morgan, 2005; Mathijssen, 2018; Wojtkowiak, 2020). The study of birth and death as existential transitions, comparing and contrasting these two life-events from a ritual and embodied perspective, can reveal novel insights into spirituality and religiosity. In this Special Issue of Religions, we want to unravel these questions and explore new theoretical and empirical research on birth and death from multidisciplinary perspectives, such as cultural anthropology, religious studies, chaplaincy studies, medical and cultural psychology and psychology of religion and related disciplines.
- Defense PhD thesis by Jasper Bosman (with livestream)On September 18, 2020, at 10.30 AM, Jasper Bosman will defend his PhD thesis Celebrating the Lord’s Supper in the Netherlands. A Study of Liturgical Ritual Practice in Dutch Reformed Churches at Kampen Theological University. Jasper Bosman, who currently works as a pastor in the city of Hilversum, was accepted to the PhD program at Kampen Theological University in 2015. His study is the result of a PhD project supervised by prof. dr. Hans Schaeffer and prof. dr. Marcel Barnard.
- Defense PhD thesis by Gied ten BergeOn June 12, 2020 at 1.30PM, sociologist and theologian Gied ten Berge (*1948) will defend his PhD thesis Pelgrimeren met een missie. Het Palestijnse ‘Kom en zie’-initiatief in cultuurwetenschappelijk en historisch-theologisch perspectief at Tilburg Catholic School of Theology. This study is the result of a PhD project under the supervision of prof. dr. Paul van Geest and prof.dr. P.G.J. Post.
- Call for articles: Sacramentality/sacraments in times of CoronaAs liturgical scholars, we follow with great interest the digital resources that churches and religious communities currently use to keep worship going in times of Corona. The possibility or impossibility of a digital celebration of the sacraments, more specifically of Holy Supper, has provoked much discussion. What are the possibilities and impossibilities, opportunities and threats to the sacramental character of the liturgy, in particular of the sacraments themselves, in celebrations performed (partly) through cyberspace?
- The Yearbook 2019 is out!IRiLiS presents volume 35 of Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies. The journal offers a forum for innovative, national and international research in the field of ritual and liturgical studies and is open-access available via University of Groningen Press.
- Forthcoming: Celebrating the Lord’s Supper in the Netherlands (NSRL22)Jasper Bosman wrote a PhD thesis on the celebration of the Lord’s Supper in the Reformed tradition in the Netherlands. After the defense of his thesis, the book will be published as volume 22 in the series Netherlands Studies of Ritual and Liturgy. Pre-order your copy via firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Out now and available online: Ritual in a Digital Society (NSRL 21)The latest volume in the series Netherlands Studies in Ritual and Liturgy is now available online on our website!