22-24 March 2016, The European Cooperation in Training and Science (COST) sponsored a Training School on “Religious Migration during Europe’s Confessional Age” in Amsterdam. The goal was to bring in doctoral students and senior scholars from across Europe to explore of migration affected religious cultures. The training school was held at the Église Wallonne/Waalse kerk in Amsterdam and was organized by Mirjam van Veen, co-director of our research project, and August den Hollander, Professor for Religious Cultural Heritages in the Low Countries at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Over three days senior scholars from the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland presented on their research, and doctoral researchers from across Europe presented on their works-in-progress. Participants also engaged in lively and timely discussions on how migration and exile has shaped religious cultures across Europe and beyond.
One leading themes that emerged in the course of the event included how people managed overlapping, conflicting and multiple identities as they moved across space. Another important theme was how religious migrants developed and maintained networks across forms of economic, familial, ecclesiastical, and personal relationships.