Programme

Faculty

Jayeel Serrano Cornelio is Associate Professor and the Director of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is also an associate editor of the journal Social Sciences and Missions (Brill). He has held visiting posts at Lancaster University, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. The broad theme of his work is religious change in the Philippines. He is the author of Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines: Young People Reinterpreting Religion (Routledge, 2016).

David Henig is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. Before coming to Utrecht, he held appointments at the School of  Oriental and African Studies in London, and the University of Kent. Since 2015, he has edited the journal History and Anthropology. Over the past decade, he has carried out extensive fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he studied the transformation of political economy and reconfiguration of religious institutions and practices in the face of ruptures caused by the political violence and cultural and economic dispossession ensuing from the violent disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992 and its aftermaths. This research resulted in numerous articles, one monograph, Remaking Muslim Lives: Everyday Islam in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, forthcoming with University of Illinois Press; and a co-edited volume (with Nicolette Makovicky), Economies of Favour after Socialism, published by Oxford University Press. 

David Henig is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. Before coming to Utrecht, he held appointments at the School of  Oriental and African Studies in London, and the University of Kent. Since 2015, he has edited the journal History and Anthropology. Over the past decade, he has carried out extensive fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he studied the transformation of political economy and reconfiguration of religious institutions and practices in the face of ruptures caused by the political violence and cultural and economic dispossession ensuing from the violent disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992 and its aftermaths. This research resulted in numerous articles, one monograph, Remaking Muslim Lives: Everyday Islam in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, forthcoming with University of Illinois Press; and a co-edited volume (with Nicolette Makovicky), Economies of Favour after Socialism, published by Oxford University Press. 

Angie Heo is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at Divinity School, University of Chicago. She is an anthropologist of religion, media, and economy and is broadly interested in minority politics, critical mission history, postcolonial nationalism, and global religious movements. Her fieldwork so far has focused on two traditions, Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelical Protestantism, and her research has explored two geographic regions, the Middle East and East Asia. Heo’s first book The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt  (University of California Press, 2018) offers a form-sensitive account of Coptic Orthodoxy and Christian-Muslim relations from before the Arab uprisings to their post-revolutionary aftermath. Drawing on traditions of martyrdom, pilgrimage, and icon veneration, it analyzes embodied practices of imagination to grasp the vexed interplay of nationalism and sectarianism in Egypt. Heo’s second book (in progress) turns to various sites of religious freedom, transnational capitalism, and Cold War empire in the Korean peninsula.

Classes

From 22 until 29 August 2021, the UCSIA Summer School brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of 24 PhD students and postdoctoral scholars within the field of theology, the humanities, social sciences or other disciplines.

The programme offers them the opportunity to attend classes taught by established researchers, to present their own work and discuss their ideas in a relaxed and open atmosphere and within a multidisciplinary framework.

To ensure active participation, the programme is composed of eight types of classes.

1. Biographical encounter: the faculty members and the participants introduce themselves and their research in a plenary session. Then, they discuss why they study what they study in small groups.

2.Disciplinary encounters: the faculty members will each tutor a group of 8 students of relating disciplines. In these small groups they will reflect on methodological issues touched upon during the classes.

3. Conceptual encounter: the faculty discusses its views on the concepts of global capitalism, transnationalism, and transregionalism in a plenary session. These concepts will also be thouroughly discussed during the plenary lectures.

4. Plenary lectures: the faculty members each teach two 50-minute classes on a topic related to their research expertise. The remaining 40 minutes will be used for debate.

5. Parallel Paper sessions: in this session each participant will have 30 minutes to present their research project. The remaining 60 minutes will be allotted for feedback and group discussion.

6. Individual tutoring sessions: meet up with a tutor to receive personal feedback on methodological or multidisciplinary problems within your own research framework.

7. Public lectures: these lectures are open to a local audience and are an opportunity to confront international research insights with the local Antwerp context.

8. Advising encounter: this plenary session is a free space for tutors and participants to share experiences on life in academia today (e.g. career planning, freedom of speech, gender issues…)

Assignments

1. Parallel paper sessions: presentation

During the parallel paper sessions students will have the chance to present their research project. Each session is 90 minutes. Each participant will have 30 minutes to present their research project.  The next 30 minutes will be allotted for the discussant and the author’s response to the discussant’s feedback. The remaining 30 minutes will be allotted for the tutor’s feedback and group discussion.

Each participant is free to use visual aids or audiovisual equipment. For the first 20 minutes, present the main points and methods of your project. For the last 10 minutes, articulate where you want your project to go and how we can help you get there. For example, you may express interests in new theoretical directions or specific methodological challenges you have faced. When preparing your presentation, assume that all participants have read your paper in advance.

 2. Parallel paper session: response

Each participant will be a respondent for two presentations. The scientific committee matches the presenters and the respondents based on research topic, discipline, and research phase. 

Respondents will have 10 minutes to present their remarks and questions. For the first couple minutes, summarize what you understand the presenter’s argument and research goals to be. For the remaining minutes, provide useful feedback on the research methods and potential contributions of the paper.  Please honor the work of your fellow students and prepare properly for this assignment.

3. Advising encounter: submit relevant questions

The advising encounter is a free space for tutors and students to talk about issues concerning life in academia today. A wide range of topics can be covered, including gender issues, freedom of speech, career planning, publishing, networking, research ethics,…

 

Schedule

Sunday

19.00h
Welcome dinner

Sunday

19.00h
Formal welcome dinner at the University Club

Sunday

19.00h
Formal welcome dinner at the University Club

Monday

10.00h
Welcome by UCSIA

10.30h
Biographical encounter

12.30h
Lunch break

14.00h
Conceptual encounter

15.30h
Coffee break

16.00h
Plenary lecture by Angie Heo

17.30h
End

19.00h
Dinner

Tuesday

9.00h
Plenary lecture by Jayeel Cornelio

10.30h
Coffee break

11.00h
Parallel
paper session 1

12.30h
Lunch break

14.00h
Parallel
paper session 2

15.30h
Coffee break

16.00h
Parallel
paper session 3

17.30h
End

19.00h
Dinner

Wednesday

9.00h
Plenary lecture by David Henig

10.30h
Coffee break

11.00h
Parallel
paper session 4

12.30h
Lunch debate on research ethics

 

14.00h
Individual tutorial

15.30h
Coffee break

16.00h
Social activity / Free afternoon

Thursday

9.00h
Plenary lecture by Angie Heo

10.30h
Coffee break

11.00h
Parallel
paper session 5

12.30h
Lunch break

14.00h
Parallel
paper session 6

15.30h
Coffee break

16.00h
Disciplinary encounter

17.30h
End

18.00h
Public lecture by Jayeel Cornelio

20.00h
Dinner

Friday

9.00h
Plenary lecture by David Henig

10.30h
Coffee break

11.00h
Advising encounter

12.30h
Lunch break

14.00h
Individual tutorial

15.30h
Coffee break

16.00h
Evaluation

16.30h
End

18.00h
Formal farewell dinner at the University Club

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Cancellation of the UCSIA Summer School 2020

In light of the recent developments and based on the advice of university experts, the management of the University of Antwerp decided to cancel the physical version of the summer schools taking place in Antwerp this summer. The UCSIA Summer School on ‘Religion, Mobility and Politics’ is therefore rescheduled to 22 – 29 August 2021.

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