Scientific and Societal Impact

Visitors to the "Scientific and Societal Impact" section of the website will find presentations, interviews, and articles highlighting the intersection of religious language and perspectives with the climate change discourse.

‘People are searching for meaning’ 


Caroline Vander Stichele en Frank Bosman vertellen over hun onderzoek naar religieuze taal in het klimaatdebat on Nederlandse Dagblad   

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Caroline Vander Stichele's Lecture at Night University


Climate Movement Interwoven with Religion


 Trouw interviewed our project researchers, Caroline Vander Stichele, Ömer F. Gürlesin, and Deborah de Koning.

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Insights from the 2024 Potsdam Conference


The seventh international conference "Myth, Ritual and Practice for the Age of Ecological Catastrophe," held from May 17 to May 19, 2024, at Universität Potsdam, Germany, aimed to explore the role of myth, ritual, and practice in addressing the environmental crisis.  Ömer F. Gürlesin attended in person, while Frank Bosman and Deborah de Koning presented their work online.


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Frank Bosman and Deborah de Koning at 'Klimaskepsis Interseksional' conference at TU Dortmund

Frank Bosman and Deborah de Koning contributed to the conference 'Klimaskepsis intersektional? Säkulare und religiöse Narrationen gegen die sozial-ökologische Transformation in Deutschland'. This conference was organised by the Technische Universität Dortmund on 19 and 20 March 2024.

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Interview with Caroline Vander Stichele


Interview “Klimaatdebat tapt uit religieus vaatje” in Tertio (18 oktober 2023), 10-11 

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The End is Nearer



On November 20, 2023, Caroline Vander Stichele presented a paper on “The End is Nearer: Apocalypse and Climate Change” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Antonio, TX, USA.

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Vereniging voor Theologie


On October 5, 2023, Caroline Vander Stichele presented our research project during a Webinar of the Vereniging voor Theologie.

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Caroline Vander Stichele at NOSTER


On Friday September 29, 2023, CVS presented our research project during a panel presentation at NOSTER’s Annual Kick-Off Event on “Religion and Climate Change” at the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen. The other panelist were Mirella Klomp (PThU) and Samira Ibrahim (Dutch Climate Ambassador).

Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion

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Ömer F. Gürlesin and Deborah de Koning represented at the BASR Annual Conference 2023



From 11th September 2023 until 13th September 2023 the BASR (British Association for the Study of Religions) Annual Conference 2023 was held in collaboration with CenSAMM (Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements) at Clare’s College in Cambridge. The theme of the conference was “Environmental Endings and Religious Futures”. The two post-doctoral researchers of the NWO project ‘Religion and Climate Change’ – Ömer F. Gürlesin and Deborah de Koning – attended the conference. 

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Apocalypse and climate change: a terrifying or hopeful discourse?



On August 23, at the KU Leuven's Didachè-Studiedagen Bijbel 2023 event themed "De Bijbel als bron van hoop en vertrouwen in donkere tijden," Caroline Vander Stichele gave an academic presentation titled “Apocalyps en klimaatverandering: een angstaanjagend of hoopvol discours?” which translates to "Apocalypse and climate change: a terrifying or hopeful discourse?"

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The Icon of the Cold War


On July 13, Frank Bosman delivered an academic presentation titled "The Icon of the Cold War" at the conference "Apocalyptic Nostalgia? Cold War Imagery in Popular Culture," hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements.

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Religious language seeps through the climate discussion



On June 16, in the publication "Visie," Frank Bosman discussed how "Religious language seeps through the climate discussion" in his article titled "Religieuze taal sijpelt door in de klimaatdiscussie."

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Interview with Deborah de Koning


On June 13, Deborah de Koning was interviewed by Groot Nieuws Radio.

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Tilburg researcher shows how religions become meaningful in the climate crisis.


On June 9, in the publication "Volzin," Remco van Mulligen interviewed Deborah de Koning about her research from Tilburg on how religions gain significance in the climate crisis, in an article titled "Tilburg researcher shows how religions become meaningful in the climate crisis."

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Deborah de Koning delivered an online presentation


On June 5, Deborah de Koning delivered an online presentation for the Network Group Creation and Sustainability, organized by the Council of Churches.

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