Dr. L. Minnema



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l.minnema@vu.nl
faculteit der godgeleerdheid ( beliefs & practices )
Universitair hoofddocent Religiewetenschappen

Academic position

2004-present: Senior lecturer or associate professor Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Study of Religions, Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam, and (since 2011) Amsterdam University College (AUC), Netherlands.

Research interests

  • Comparative study of religions
  • Religious and secular views of human nature
  • Religion and human space

Education

At VU University Amsterdam and Amsterdam University College:

Interdisciplinary modules in the comparative study of religions (religious studies), such as:

  • World Religions: History and Politics (at AUC)
  • The Status of the Individual in World Religions
  • Introduction to Non-Christian Religions
  • Religion & Worldview --- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Religion and the Body
  • Religion in a Pluralistic Culture (Religion and Group Identity in Nationalism, Fundamentalism, Syncretism)
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Deepening Knowledge in one Religion or Worldview
  • Theories of Consciousness in East and West (a number of years, Honours Program)
  • Buddhism (a number of years, now transferred to colleagues)

Publications

Tragic Views of the Human Condition: Cross-Cultural Comparisons between Views of Human Nature in Greek and Shakespearean Tragedy and the Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita [Hardcover] New York/London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, 572pp. hardcover.

‘A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Issue of Self-Knowledge in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Bhagavadgita,’ in: Philosophy Study 2/7 (July 2012), 439-449.

‘Transcendence in Hinduism as a Cultural Phenomenon and as a Spiritual Experience,’ in: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 22/1 (2012), 87-98.

‘Spatial Imagery as Key to Two Mystical Experiences of Transformation: A Comparison between Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross’, in: Mental Health, Religion, and Culture 2011, 1-23.

‘One Dialogue—Four Relationships: The Different Layers of Meaning in the Dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavadgita’, in: Studies in Religious Dialogue 21/1 (2011), 96-111.

‘Zur Entstehung eines Vergleichs: Ein phänomenologischer Versuch vor dem Hintergrund der Religionswissenschaften’, in: Andreas Mauz & Hartmut von Sass (eds.), Hermeneutik des Vergleichs. Strukturen, Anwendungen und Grenzen komparativer Verfahren. Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2011, 137-148.

‘Contemporaine cultuurdragers, hun culturele waarden en communicatiestijlen: Een cultuuranalyse rond de inzet van waarden in levensbeschouwelijke vorming’, in: Handelingen: Tijdschrift voor Praktische Theologie 2011/4 (www.handelingen.com).

‘Readiness and Timing: The Early Modern Virtues of Hamlet’s Providential Christianity’, in: Jerald D. Gort, Henry Jansen, Wessel Stoker (eds.), Crossroad Discourses between Christianity and Culture. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010, 255-271.

‘Godsbeelden wereldwijd’, in: Hanna van Dorssen (ed.), Wie is God? Een vraag van alle eeuwen. Zoetermeer: Uitgeverij Boekencentrum, 2010, 65-77.

‘Coping with Human Evil: Shakespeare’s Sense of Tragic Revenge’, in: Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Lourens Minnema (eds.), Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture: Case Studies. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2008, 201-218.

‘The Complex Nature of Religious Sacrifice in the Mahabharata, in the Bhagavadgita, and in general: A Cross-cultural Comparison between Indian and Western Theories of Religious Sacrifice’, in: Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 50 (2008), 196-215.

‘Hindu Discourse and Human Rights Discourse: Traditional and Modern Views’, in: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 16 (2006), no.2, 133-147.

‘Over het verhaal van de architect en de taal van de architectuur: Een essay’, in: DAAD-Cahier 3 (April 2005), 7-21.

‘Boeddhisme: Liefdevolle vriendelijkheid en compassie,’ in: Hub Crijns, Wielie Elhorst, e.a. Barmhartigheid en gerechtigheid: Handboek diaconiewetenschap. Kampen: Kok, 2004, 229-235.

‘Een duivelse beproeving: Jezus’ honger in de woestijn,’ in: Cors van der Burg, Lourens Minnema (eds.), In de ban van het kwaad: Het kwaad in religieuze verhalen wereldwijd. Zoetermeer: Uitgeverij Meinema, 2004, 129-137.

‘Bildlose Bildhaftigkeit: ‘Mythisierung’ im Werk Mark Rothkos,’ in: Gerhard Oberhammer, Marcus Schmücker (Hrsg.), Mythisierung der Transzendenz als Entwurf ihrer Erfahrung. Arbeitsdokumentation eines Symposiums. Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften [Reihe: Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens - Sitzungsberichte] 2003, 203-231.

‘Hinduistische und buddhistische Bewertung wirtschaftlicher Tätigkeit und ihrer Folgen,’ in: Martin Cordes, Hans-Jürgen Pabst (Hrsg.), Globale Welt -- was tun? Beiträge zur Globalisierungsdiskussion, Hannover: Blumhardt Verlag, 2002, 197-212.

‘Divided Families and Social Conflict: Comparing a Greek Tragedy and an Indian Drama,’ in: Jerald D. Gort, Henry Jansen, Hendrik M. Vroom (ed.), Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation: Multifaith Ideals and Realities. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2002, 68-84.

‘The Paradox of Koan,’ in: Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal 3/1 (2002), 21-29.

‘Interreligieuze dialoog? Godsdienstwetenschappelijke observaties en reflecties,’ in: Praktische Theologie 29/1 (2002), 101-108.

‘Polytheistic and Monotheistic Patterns for Dealing with Religious Pluralism,’ in: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 12/1 (2002), 63-74.

‘A Greek Tragedy and An Indian Drama on Divided Human Families and Social Conflict’, in: Arun Mishra (ed.), Spirituality, Science and Technology: A Select Proceedings of Indian Philosophical Congress 2000 A.D. New Delhi: Indian Philosophical Congress, 2001, 331-342.

‘Die Raumdimension der Religion am Beispiel der Raumvorstellungen bei Teresa von Avila und Johannes vom Kreuz’, in: G. Oberhammer, M. Schmücker (Hrsg.), Raum-zeitliche Vermittlung der Transzendenz: Zur "sakramentalen" Dimension religiöser Tradition. Arbeitsdokumentation eines Symposions, Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften [Reihe: Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens - Sitzungsberichte] 1999, 353-397.

‘De Grote Boeddha van Kamakura’, in: Prana 110 (Dec 1998/Jan 1999), 5-8.

‘La religion comme syst me de sens. Introduction la sociologie de la religion de Niklas Luhmann’, in: Social Compass: Revue internationale de sociologie de la religion 45/2 (June 1998), 279-296.

‘Boeddhistische aanknopingspunten voor een beroep op mensenrechten’, in: Nederlands Theologisch Tijdschrift 52/2 (April 1998), 139-152.

‘Play and (Post)modern Culture. An Essay on Changes in the Scientific Interest in the Phenomenon of Play’, in: Cultural Dynamics 10/1 (March 1998), 21-47.

‘Gelijkheid en ongelijkheid in het boeddhisme. Over de verhouding tussen monniken en leken,’ in: R. Kranenborg, W. Stoker (red.), Religies en (on)gelijkheid in een plurale samenleving, Leuven/Apeldoorn: Garant 1995, 99-117.

‘A Common Ground for Comparing Mystical Thought: Nishitani and Rahner from an Anthropological Perspective’, in: Japanese Religions 17/1 (1992), 50-74.

Ph.D.: 14-12-1990 in Religious Studies under the supervision of P.N. Holtrop (Theological University Kampen), T.E. Vetter (State University Leiden) and D.C. Mulder (VU University, Amsterdam); title: Bespiegelingen aan het venster. Anthropologische bouwstenen voor een vergelijkend-godsdienstwetenschappelijke verheldering van interreligieuze dialoog. Naar aanleiding van K. Nishitani's boeddhistische en K. Rahners christelijke godsdienstwijsbegeerte, Kampen: Mondiss 1990 (diss, 329 pag.) (‘Reflections at the Window. Anthropological Materials for a Comparative Religion's Clarification of Interreligious Dialogue. On K.Nishitani's Buddhist and K.Rahner's Christian Philosophy of Religion’)

Translations:

P.N. Holtrop, L. Minnema, ‘Voor Hem een ander? Ontwerpen voor een pluralistische theologie der religies’, 's Gravenhage 1990 (translation of John Hick, Paul F. Knitter (ed.), ‘The Myth of Christian Uniqueness. Toward a Pluralistic Theology of Religions’, Maryknoll 1987

L. Minnema, translation Dutch edition E. Drewermann, Functionarissen van God, Zoetermeer 1994 (Kleriker. Psychogram eines Ideals, Olten 1989)

CV

Studies

1978-1985: Christian theology in Kampen (NL)

1984-1991: Religious Studies (incl. PhD in 1990) in Kampen (NL-Theologische Universiteit Kampen), Birmingham (UK-Selly Oak Colleges), Göttingen (D-Universität Göttingen), Kyoto (JAP-Kyoto University), Chantilly (F-Centre Culturel des Jésuites)

Academic teaching

1992-1994: Professeur associé, Religions comparées, Faculté de la Théologie Protestante de Butare, Butare (Rwanda)

1995-2004: Junior lecturer or assistant professor, Comparative Study of Religions, Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam (NL)

Oct-Nov 2001: Visiting professor Henry Martin Institute, Hyderabad; Tamilnadu Theological College, Madurai; United Theological College, Bangalore, India

2002-2011: part-time College lecturer Religious Studies, Academie voor Theologie en Levensbeschouwing, Hogeschool Inholland, Diemen/Amstelveen (NL)

Dec 2002-Jan 2003: Visiting Professor Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Guest lecturer Gurukul Theological College, Chennai, India

2004-present: Senior lecturer or associate professor, Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy of Religion and Comparative Study of Religions, Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam (NL)

Oct, 2008: Guest lecturer Comparative Study of Religions and Religious Phenomena, Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, West Legon, Accra, Ghana

July, 2010: Guest lecturer, Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

May-June 2011: Research Fellow, Department of Theology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

2011-present: Senior lecturer or associate professor, World Religions, Amsterdam University College (AUC), Netherlands

July-Aug 2012: Visiting scholar, University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Editorial activities

Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Studies in Interreligious Dialogue and of the Rodopi book series Currents of Encounter: Studies on the Contact between Christianity and other Religions, Beliefs, and Cultures

Nevenwerkzaamheden

Laatste wijzigingen Nevenwerkzaamheden: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017