Netherlands, Groningen

Religion and the Urban, Natural and Virtual Environments

when 24 August 2021 - 28 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 100

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

This summer school will discuss the relation between religion and the urban, the natural and the virtual environments. This threefold approach captures three key areas of religious transformation and innovation, which are of high academic and societal relevance in contemporary European societies and beyond: “urban religion”, “green religion” and “digital religion”.

By approaching these three topics, the summer school will provide participants with conceptual and methodological tools to reflect on the changing dynamics between religion and the urban, natural and virtual environments. The lecturers are experts on one of these domains and will share their findings and experiences from their own research.

Course leader

Dr. Julia Martínez-Ariño - Faculty of Theology

Target group

This school is designed for Master and PhD students.

Course aim

Some of the questions that the summer school will discuss are the following:

Urban Religion

How does the urban environment affect religious practices and, conversely, how do religious practices and groups transform the urban environment?
How do tourism, heritage industries and gentrification processes produce and transform urban religious heritage?

Green Religion

How do religious groups relate to the natural environment?
How do religions see and interpret the ecological crisis and which alternatives do they suggest? Which forms does faith-based environmentalism take?

Digital Religion

How do the virtual environment and religion interact with and affect one another?
How does the virtual environment influence how we understand the idea of “religious community” and community in general? How are religion and the concept of religion affected and challenged by the increasingly digitalized world?

Summer school participants will have the privilege to participate in the bi-annual conference of the Research Network 34 – Sociology of Religion pertaining to the European Sociological Association, where they will be able to meet and exchange with numerous scholars in their field of interest.

Credits info

1 EC
Participants who participate in all sessions will receive a certificate of attendance signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 28 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 100: (excluding housing, ESA-member students)
€ 175 (excluding housing, non-ESA-member students)
EUR 75: Fee for UG-students