Netherlands, Groningen

Religion in Cities - Contested presences, contested regulations

when 20 August 2018 - 24 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 250

This summer school addresses a topic that generates heated political debates and that is increasingly being discussed in the social sciences, namely the presence and regulation of religious diversity in cities. The aim of this summer school is to provide undergraduate students in their last year of studies, as well as Master and PhD students in different disciplines with the means to reflect upon religious issues in cities from the perspective of sociology, geography, urban studies and religious studies. The topic will be addressed from three different stand-points: a) a theoretical perspective to understand the presence, visibility and regulation of religious diversity in European cities; b) methodological insights into how to research these topics and conduct fieldwork in concrete urban settings; and c) discussions about the political relevance and policy responses offered at the level of cities.

More specifically, the summer school will deal with issues related to urban planning and the building of places of worship, the occupation of public spaces for urban uses, the regulation of use of religious outfit in public, among other things. Lectures will be based on empirical research conducted currently in cities in a number of countries.

Students will have the opportunity to learn from experienced researchers and present as well as discuss their own work with other participants and lecturers. Moreover, students will meet and exchange with policy-makers and practitioners involved in the governance of religious diversity in cities.

Course leader

Dr. Julia Martínez-Ariño - Faculty of Theology

Target group

This summer school is designed for finalizing Bachelor students, Master students and PhD students who are interested in understanding the presence and governance of religious diversity in cities.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

- Understand the transformation of urban religious landscapes in Europe and beyond;
- Analyse complex processes of contestation, negotiation and governance of religious diversity issues in urban settings;
- Identify the actor constellations and power relations that intervene in the regulation of religion in cities;
- Relate urban processes of religious governance to processes at the national, international and global levels.

Credits info

After successful completion of the program, participants receive an official certificate

Fee info

EUR 250: Fee for non-UG students
EUR 75: Fee for UG-students


The Faculty is offering up to three € 300 scholarships for promising students enrolling in the winter school who express serious interest in later applying for a Master’s programme in Groningen. These scholarships can be used to defray travel and lodging