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Klaver appointed head of the Beliefs & Practices department

17 June 2021
The Board of the Faculty of Religion and Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has appointed VU professor Miranda Klaver as head of the Beliefs & Practices department with effect from 1 August 2021.

Klaver is the successor to VU-professor Gijsbert van den Brink, who has fulfilled this task for over four years. In addition to her new position, Klaver holds the chair of Anthropology of Religion, with a special focus on charismatic Christianity. She is part of the Herman Bavinck Center for Reformed and Evangelical Theology (HBCRET) and will carry out her new task alongside her current research.

Beliefs & Practices
In the Beliefs & Practices department, more than fifty researchers collaborate on the basis of empirical, conceptual and hermeneutical methods in academic research, education and valorisation in the field of religion and theology. They come from disciplinary and confessional diverse backgrounds. Some of them belong to one of the many seminaries that have housed their official training at the VU. Klaver: “It is a challenge to have such a broadly composed group of academics work together as a close-knit team. But it is precisely the VU that welcomes lecturers and students from very different backgrounds and makes that diversity productive. Then you won't have to live apart from each other, but work together.” Klaver emphasizes: “In the practice of education and research, with their many exciting questions, this is also possible. Important and promising steps have also been taken in this process in recent times. It is a privilege to be able to build on that in the coming years.”

Theology & Religious Studies
The Faculty of Religion and Theology of the VU houses the largest study program in theology and religious studies in the Netherlands. In addition to Beliefs & Practices, FRT also comprises the department of Text & Traditions, in which researchers into sacred texts collaborate with historians of religion, led by VU-professor Matthias Smalbrugge.