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COST Training School

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.

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Église Wallonne/Waalse kerk
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August den Hollander, Jesse Spohnholz and Mirjam van Veen
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Mirjam van Veen presents on Jan Utenhove’s Fidelis Narratio (1560), an influential narrative of the sufferings of Reformation-era refugees
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Jesse Spohnholz presents on the historiography of religious exile and refugees of the confessional age over the past two centuries
Sandra Toffolo, a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre d’Études Supérieurs de la Renaissance in Tours (France) presents on medieval pilgrimages
Liesbeth Corens, Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambidge presents on the mobility of English Catholics on the continent
Tadhg O’Hannrachain, Senior Lecturer and Head of School of History, University College Dublin, presents on confessional migration in Ireland and Hungary
Inge Schipper, PhD researcher on our research project, presents on her initial research into Reformed refugees from the Low Countries in the duchy of Cleves
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Participants visited the Special Collections department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, led by August den Hollander, a leading scholar on the history of the early modern book


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Gert van Klinken, Associate Professor of Church History at the Protestant Theological University Amsterdam, offered participants a guided tour of immigrant and underground churches in Amsterdam

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