Universität Bielefeld

International Summer School

May 25 – 29, 2020
in Bielefeld

Research in Religious Development:
Theory—Methodology—Praxis

This summer school is a service for researchers from all over the world, regardless of the country, religion or culture in which they study religious change and development. Due to our travel fund, which is made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, participation should not be restricted by economic or geographical conditions.

The summer school has the threefold aim of (a) familiarizing with and discussing theory and methods (including hands-on learning) for studying religious change and development in the psychology of religion and related disciplines, (b) assisting researchers, who are engaged in research with a developmental approach, or intend to include a developmental perspective in their study, in the elaboration and refinement of their research designs, and (c) promote the networking among young researcher and senior, experienced researchers in this field of study.

Our expertise as organizers, presenters and advisors rests on twenty years of experiences in cross-cultural, mixed-method research: Our Bielefeld-Chattanooga studies focus on biographical-reconstructive research, combined with psychometric approaches for investigating religious and spiritual experience, vertical and horizontal, religious styles, and the study of religious and biographical trajectories over time. Find more details on our about page.

By November 30, 2019, you may submit your application for this summer school on the Application Page. Applications include a Letter of Intent and CV. Applicants will receive information about their acceptance by January 10, 2020. Find more information in the Information for applicants.

In the grey box below, you are invited to register for our newsletter, which is supposed to initiate a Religious Development Network. This network has potential beyond communicating information concerning the upcoming summer school: We intend to initiate an interactive networking of research and research plans, create a forum for questions and answers about theory and method in religious change and development; the newsletter can also be useful for announcing new publications, conference presentations and video productions.

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