IBTSC Amsterdam is preparing to host its first research colloquium in the Postjesweg 175 premises from 19th till the 30th of January 2015.
This colloquium is when our research students gather from around the world to present the updates on their work and receive peer and team tutor feedback. It also gives them a chance to meet and discuss their specific research with their supervisors from IBTSC and their promoters from VU.
As a trial run the annual colloquium was held very successfully last year already in Amsterdam but this will be the first year in terms of operating as IBTSC Amsterdam.
At present we have 22 students registered with the VU with several others recently having had their proposals accepted and in the final stages of completing the registration process. A number of these and others at earlier stages of registration will attend and participate in the colloquium as part of the process of shaing their proposals and beginning their research work.
In addition to our VU students a number of our completing students with the University of Wales will attend and two will have their viva’s during this period with internal and external examiners participating.
One of these external examiners is Professor Pete Ward, St John’s College/Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University.
Pete is very well known for his research and writing in areas of Christian youthwork, culture, and more recently in relation to ethnography and theology.
Since he is going to be present at the time of the colloquium he has agreed to address the colloquium on this recent area of research interest.
It is the inclusion of this and other activities which means that the research colloquium is not simply about reporting on research but actually provides students and staff the opportunity to develop in their own learning and networking with other scholars.