Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies


15 October 2021
13:00 - 17:00
Utrecht University


On the 15th of October Research Schools NISIS and NOSTER will organize a joint Workshop day for RMA and PhD students. After a plenary session with a keynote by dr. Martijn de Koning (Radboud University) about religion and the media, four workshops will focus on communicating your research to different audiences and the skills you can use to do so:

  • How to survive religious illiteracy – EN/NL
    Journalists can be benevolent, but they might also try to trick you into making controversial statements. Taking on the role of interviewer, dr. Frank Bosman (TiU/TST) will test your capacity to keep control over a conversation and to respond to religious illiteracy.
  • Opiniestuk schrijven – NL
    In deze workshop leer je academische nuance van je af te schudden en kernachtig je onderzoek te presenteren in een opiniestuk. Daarbij krijg je meer inzicht in waar dagbladen op letten bij het selecteren van opinie-inzendingen. De workshop wordt verzorgd door Monic Slingerland, chef opinieredactie bij dagblad Trouw. Eerder was ze bij Trouw verslaggever protestantse kerken, chef kerkredactie, eindredacteur van het achtergrondkatern de Verdieping en verslaggever katholiek nieuws.
  • Hoe schrijf ik een goed abstract? – EN/NL – t.b.d.
    How do you write the perfect abstract for a conference? And how can you ensure that your paper is selected? In this workshop, led by dr. Mònica Colominas Aparicio (RUG), you will learn more about the qualities of a good abstract. Based on your own previously prepared abstract, the workshop will help you craft an improved version, while discussing common pitfalls and mistakes.
  • Defending your dissertation – EN/NL (max. 7 participants)
    This workshop will help you prepare for your defense by providing information about the particularities of the academic ritual. The workshop is meant for PhD students in the final phase of their project. Acting as opponents, Professor dr. Anne-Marie Korte (UU) and dr. Marco Derks (NOSTER, RU) will pose a critical question based on a sample of your work (for example, an excerpt of the text presented during the Review Session, if you choose to present in that category) and evaluate your response. Each participant will be addressed in the language in which he/she will defend their thesis in real life.

Participants will receive 0.5 ECT for participation. For the course description, please click here.

The deadline for registration is 1 October 2021. Please register for the Workshop Day here. Due to limited spaces, NISIS and NOSTER-members will have priority in registration.

The workshop will follow current COVID-19 regulations in higher education for students and will therefore take place without the 1.5 meter social distancing rule inside the classrooms.