Categoriearchief: Religie

In Pastures Green He Leadeth Me: The Reconfiguration of Space and Authority in The Wicker Man (1973)

In the course of March and April 2019, I wrote seven essays on topics ranging from a supposedly blasphemous song to the relationship between subjectivity and anthropological fieldwork. Today I publish the first essay, on Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.

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Interdisciplinary Glances: the study of religion and film [Paper]

In the first semester of 2018/19 I wrote an extensive paper on the academic study of religion and film. A condensed outline of my argument was presented at a student conference of the UvA and the UU in January 2019. I publish the full paper right here.

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Lied van Ijs en Vuur: Visuele Associaties in Game of Thrones

Ik kon het niet laten om na de aflevering van afgelopen maandag iets met de visuals en symboliek van Game of Thrones te doen. Spoilers ahead dus en veel beeldmateriaal, en voor wie de aflevering al zag: iets met een paard…

Link naar het uitgebreide stuk: klik

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Academic Book Review: Stephen King, America’s Dark Theologian [Douglas E. Cowan]


I recently wrote an academic book review for one of my research master courses. I took a publication of the Canadian Religious Studies scholar Douglas E. Cowan, entitled America’s Dark Theologian: the Religious Imagination of Stephen King.

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Essay: Performing Death (NGG Conference Religious Studies, 2018)

In the autumn of 2018, I attented the yearly conference of the NGG (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap). The overarching theme was ‘Interpreting Rituals’. Keynote lectures and paper sessions shed a light on a broad variety of topics, challenging me and the other research master students on the spot to search for challenging perspectives. The paper that I am sharing serves as a reflection on the conference and one of its pivotal themes. I wrote it in the aftermath of the event, but the case study that I used will be the starting point for another paper on David Bowie and performativity, which I will hopefully produce this spring.

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Het Zwijgen: het beste van Bergman

Beroemd is het moment waarop Anna’s zoon Johan (Jorgen Lindstrom) een tank ziet passeren in het vreemde land met haar vreemde taal. Komen we ergens in Tystnaden dichterbij de wil om te begrijpen?

Klik hier voor [onder meer] een stukje over mijn favoriete film van Ingmar Bergman, Tystnaden (1963). Cine-collega’s vertellen in hetzelfde overkoepelende stuk over hun favorieten. Dit alles naar aanleiding van de Nederlandse re-release van het prachtige Fanny & Alexander, dat sinds gisteren tijdelijk in de filmhuizen draait.

Meer Bergman: Essay: Het Nabije Sterven in The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries en the Magician

Paper: Religious Sacrifice and the rejection of secular conversion in Kreuzweg

The [English] paper that I submitted below is the result of my efforts for a master course on conversion. My intention has been to combine theoretical reflections on conversion [‘can you also convert to secularity?’] with a textual & formal analysis of a specific film (Kreuzweg, or Stations of the Cross, Dietrich Brüggemann, 2014). I argue that this film perpetuates a rigid binary between ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’ and I question the ideological implications underneath.

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