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Aug 25, 2020

Special Issue: RELIGIOUS STUDIES IN THE NETHERLANDS DEBATING THE FIELD’S FUTURE

RELIGIOUS STUDIES IN THE NETHERLANDS
DEBATING THE FIELD’S FUTURE
SPECIAL ISSUE: NTT JOURNAL FOR THEOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF RELIGION 74 (2020/3)


NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion is happy to announce the publication of
its latest issue which offers an animated discussion about the future of religious studies in the
Netherlands. You can read the whole issue for free at:
https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/aup/jtsr/2020/00000074/00000003


Content: The special issue opens with a provocative article by the Leiden scholar of religion
Markus Altena Davidsen: ‘Theo van Baaren’s Systematic Science of Religion Revisited: The
Current Crisis in Dutch Study of Religion and a Way Out’. Davidsen claims that with the fall
of the phenomenology of religion around 1970, Dutch religious studies also lost its identity as
a discipline, its commitment to the comparative method, and its ambition to theorize religion
in the singular. The field declined and became fragmented. To turn the tide, Davidsen urges
his colleagues to commit to an updated version of Van Baaren’s programme for a systematic
science of religion, involving comparison and theory formation. The editorial board asked a
variety of scholars to respond to Davidsen. Kocku von Stuckrad (University of Groningen),
Katja Rakow (Utrecht University), Kees de Groot (Tilburg School of Catholic Theology),
Eric Venbrux and Arjan Sterken (both Radboud University Nijmegen) all address various
aspects of Davidsen’s article. Overall, the respondents agree with Davidsen’s depiction of the
field as ‘undisciplined’ (Venbrux) and ‘a huge mess’ (Von Stuckrad), and as being
increasingly influenced by postcolonial, feminist and other critiques. But contrary to
Davidsen they consider this situation to increase rather than limit the future prosperity of the
field, and some consider Davidsen’s longing for more coherence within the discipline to be
rather old-fashioned. In his reply to his critics, Davidsen addresses several contested issues
and clarifies his views on comparison, in a discussion with Rakow. The guest editor of the
special issue is Arie L. Molendijk (University of Groningen).

 

Access: Because of its actual importance, the publisher Amsterdam University Press granted
permission to make the special issue immediately available open access, and not after the
customary period of three years