• Arie L. Molendijk

    Curriculum vitae

Date of Birth: June 28, 1957
Place of Birth: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch

I am married with Hetty Zock, who is professor of psychology of religion at the University of Groningen.

Arie L. Molendijk

Current, Previous and Visiting Positions

Current Position

• Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Groningen, since 1999

• Professor of Philosophy of Religion, since 2009

Previous Positions

• Research Fellow at the Interuniversitary Institute of Missiology and Oecumenics, Leiden, 1985-1986

• Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Leiden University, 1987-1990 (Ph.D. project financed by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, N.W.O.)

• Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Leiden University, 1992-1996 (Post-Doc project financed by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, N.W.O.)

• Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, 1996-1997

• Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, Leiden University, 1997-2002 (Post-Doc project financed by the ‚Stimuleringsfonds’ of Leiden University)

Visiting Positions

• Stipend of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, working at the Protestant Theological Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, 1993-1994

• Senior Fellow of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J., January-July 2008

• Senior fellow at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe” in Bochum, May 2010 – May 2011

• Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS), KNAW, 2012-2013

Educational Background

1969-1975: Gymnasium B (Marnix Gymnasium, Rotterdam)

1976-1983: Philosophy (‚doctoraal’), University of Leiden

1975-1985: Theology (‚doctoraal’), University of Leiden

1991: Ph.D Theology, University of Leiden

Convener of Conferences

1997a (with Gerrit de Kruijf) “Religie her-dacht. De visie van H.J. Adriaanse op de erfenis van het christendom”, 25 March, Leiden.

1997b (with Peter Pels) “Religion in the Making. The Emergence of the Sciences of Religion”, 22-24 May, Amsterdam (Institute Religion & Society).

2000 (with Henri Krop & Hent de Vries), „Post-Theism and the Future of Philosophy of Religion” (on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Han Adriaanse), 13 April, Leiden.

2002a Workshop Material Christianity, 7-8 March, Groningen.

2002b (with Justin Kroesen & Jan Luth) Workshop „Religieuze Ruimte” (on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Regnerus Steensma), 13 September, Groningen.

2003 (with Jan Bremmer & Wout van Bekkum) Conference “Cultures of Conversion”, 21-24 May, Groningen.

2004 (with Jan Bremmer) workshop „What is Religion? What is the Secular?“, 10-11 December, Groningen.

2006 (with Paul Post) workshop “The Decline of Dutch Christianity” (guest lecture Peter van Rooden), 13 June, Tilburg

2007 Expert Meeting Re-inventing Ritual Space in Modern Western Culture, Groningen, 25-26 October.

2008 (with Justin Beaumont) conference “Religion, Politics and the Postsecular City”, Groningen, 12-15 November

2010 (with Paul Post) Symposium ‘Ruimte voor ritueel. Over nieuwe sacrale plaatsen [voorbij het kerkgebouw]’, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, 22 January

2012 (with Christoph Jedan & Justin Beaumont) workshop “Compassion, Charity and Hope in the Postsecular City”, Groningen, 31 May – 1 June.

2012 (with Jo Spaans) Conference Kerkhistorisch Gezelschap, Utrecht, 11 June.

2012 (with Christoph Jedan) Symposium Geloof Doordacht: Voorbij de propositionele representatie van religie [Beyond the propositional representation of religion]. On the occasion of the retirement of Andy F. Sanders, Groningen, 22 June.

2013 Symposium „Beelden van Orthodoxie“ [Images of Orthodoxy], Kerkhistorisch Gezelschap, Utrecht, 3 June.

2014 (with Henk van den Belt) Symposium “400 jaar theologie in Groningen [400 Years of Theology in Groningen], Kerkhistorisch Gezelschap, Groningen, 16 June.

Professional and General (since 1990)

• Member Work Group Amnesty International, Munich, 1994

• Member Work Group Amnesty International, Leiden, 1995-1999

• Member of the Committee on Buddhism, preparing the new curriculum World Religions, University of Leiden, 1998-1999

• Chairman of the Department of the History of Christianity, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 1999-2011

• Member of the Curatorium of the Radboud Chair (for the study of Catholic Theology and Philosophy), Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2000-2004

• Member of the “Derde Weg” Committee, preparing a new theological curriculum, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2001-2002

• Chairman of the Teaching Committee Religious Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2000-2006

• Member of the Steering Committee, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2000-2001

• Member of the Committee on Public Relations, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2000-2001

• Member of the Committee on the Working Load of Faculty Members, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2000-2001

• Member of the Committee Bachelor/Master, restructuring the educational programmes of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2002

• Member of the Board of the Interuniversitary Institute of Missiology and Oecumenics, Utrecht, 2000-2003

• Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies and the History of Christianity, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2001-2010

• Member of the Advisory Committee on Post-Doc Grants of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (N.W.O.), 2001, 2002

• Member of the Advisory Committee on the Development of a Part-Time Curriculum Religious Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2002-2003

• Member of the Historical Society (Department of History, University of Groningen), 2003-

• Member of various Selection Committees of Ph.D. Students

• Chairman of the Teaching Committee Research Master, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2006-2012

• Member of the Board of the Groningen Research School for the Study of the Humanities, 2003- 2010 (Spring 2005: Chair)

• Member of the Selection Committee of the Research Master, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, 2004-2012

• Vice President of the Ernst Troeltsch Gesellschaft, 2005- (http://www.st.evtheol.uni-muenchen.de/troeltsch/etg/index.html)

• Chair/member of the Centre for Religious Studies, Groningen, 2006-2012

• Editorial Board Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift, 2007-

• Member/Chair Kerkhistorisch Gezelschap, 2006-2014

• Member of the Committee Mid-Term Review of the Research of the Department of Theology of Utrecht University, 2008

• Member of the Advisory Committee on Vidi Grants of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (N.W.O.), 2009

• Member of the Board of the Institute for Integration and Social Efficacy (ISW), Groningen, 2009-2012

• Member of the Board of the National Research School for Theology and Religious Studies NOSTER, 2009-2012

• Member of the Advisory Committee on ‚Horizon Grants’ of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (N.W.O.), 2011-2012

• Member of the Advisory Committee on the programme ‚Religion in Modern Society’ of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (N.W.O.), 2012-2013

• Member of the Advisory Committee on Veni Grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2017