Dr James Noyes and the Politics of Iconoclasm

On the 17th of November, Dr James Noyes visited the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen to give a lecture on his new book ‘Politics of Iconoclasm’, in which he examines the destruction of images of the sacred across various historical, geographic and political contexts. In this post, …

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Dead Sea scrolls on exhibition in Assen

Recently, a unique exhibition on the dead sea scrolls has opened in the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands. The exhibition is curated by prof. Dr. Mladen Popovic, director of the Qumran institute in Groningen. The Dead Sea scrolls very rarely travel outside Israel, but they represent one of the major archeological discoveries of the …

Dwars Herdenken

Ter gelegenheid van de herdenking van de salchtoffers van de Tweede Wereldoorlog morgen, schrijft Tsila Rädecker over de controversiële Joodse historicus uit Groningen, Jaap Meijer. Veel mensen staan alleen tijdens de 4 mei herdenking stil bij de verschrikkingen van de Tweede Wereld Oorlog. Dit in tegenstelling tot de in 1993 overleden joods historicus Jaap Meijer. …

The Passion: Encroaching religion, cultural heritage or signs of postsecularism?

Last Thursday evening, Nederland Een broadcast the live performance of The Passion from The Hague. Erin Wilson provides an outsider’s perspective on this emerging ritual in Dutch public life. As a recent immigrant to the Netherlands, one of the most secularized countries in Europe, the last thing I expected to be doing on Maundy Thursday …