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Winter School ‘Food & Religion’ – vierdaagse cursus over de betekenis van voeding uit interdisciplinair perspectief

In samenwerking met Amsterdam Network for Interdisciplinary studies in Eating (ANISE) en de Protestants Theologische Universiteit (PThU) organiseert het Institute of Ritual and Liturgical Studies (IRILIS) een vierdaagse ‘Winter School’ over voeding en religie vanuit interdisciplinair perspectief. Studenten worden van harte uitgenodigd aan de cursus deel te nemen. Daarmee kunnen zij studiepunten (ECTs) verdienen. Hieronder meer informatie (Engels):

Winter School ‘Food and Religion. Valuing Food from an Interdisciplinary Perspective’

organised by the Institute of Ritual and Liturgical Studies (IRILIS), in cooperation with the Amsterdam Network for Interdisciplinary studies in Eating (ANISE) and the Protestant Theological University (PThU)
Dates: January 13-17, 2020
Venue: PThU Amsterdam
Course Director:  Dr. Mirella Klomp 

From a family Christmas dinner to a beer and a burger with friends, food is always more than just something to eat. Food makes events meaningful and food itself has a meaning. The meaning of food is therefore an important focus of theology and religious studies. Theological and spiritual concepts can even help to understand the food and its consumption in new ways. Think of questions like this. Can a turn to vegetarianism be seen as a conversion? Or imagine a BBQ: isn’t that a kind of male outdoor religion? And what forms of food rituals play a role in everyday life and give it meaning? How do such everyday rituals with food compare with the rituals of Judaism, Christianity and Islam? And of course, there are religious food laws that determine what is clean and unclean. But on what values are our own ideas of delicious and disgusting based? Surely, it is not just science that plays a role there. And when you think of it: the meaning of food also influences which foodstuffs are eaten and which are not. This has an enormous impact on the sustainable consumption and use of foodstuffs.

In a one-week program, this winter school explores everyday and religious food practices in theological and other disciplinary perspectives. It is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizon with regard to food and the meaning of food, both within religious traditions and in everyday life. By joining, you’ll discover a whole new world of food for thought – and chances are that you’ll never look at that tasty burger quite the same way anymore!

Target group

  • For current university students (Masters and Advanced Bachelor) in theology and religious studies, anthropology, humanities, the arts, cultural studies, sociology, psychology, health sciences, nutritional sciences, development studies, philosophy and ethics an any other discipline with an interest in food and food practices;
  • For scholars in any discipline with an interest in food and food practices;
  • For religious educators and teachers in religious formation;
  • For clergy (PAO);
  • For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.


Course aim

This five-day program will consist of (guest) lectures and excursions within Amsterdam. Its participants:

  • gain an insight into the complex relation between religion and food;
  • gain an insight into the interdisciplinary study of food;
  • acquire knowledge on and an insight into the interdisciplinary construction of the value of food;
  • are equipped to study food as an interdisciplinary phenomenon;
  • reflect on food and/or foodstuffs and practice this reflection by creating a vlog/blogpost or another form of reflective output.


Credits info

3 ECTS (or 5 ECTS upon request). Students who wish to earn credits receive a certificate from PThU (pass/fail).

Fee info

The tuition fee is 495 euro. This fee includes access to 10 lectures, course materials, dinner on the first evening, internet facilities at the university, certificate (when passed). NB. We do not offer housing, nor do we provide lunches and dinners (except dinner of the first evening).


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More information

Please contact Dr. Mirella Klomp, m.c.m.klomp @ pthu.nl.