||Broaden your mind, expand your knowledge: Taking part in an international
conference is always a great opportunity to contextualise ones own research as
well as being inspired by new ideas and approaches.
The financial support by the
“RUB research school plus” allowed me to participate in the joint conference of the
International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) and the European
Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), taking place at Hope University,
Liverpool in September 2013.
As my paper had been accepted for presentation within a collaborative panel with
colleagues from the University of Bern and the „Akademie für Weltreligionen“
(Hamburg), I got the chance to present the findings
of my empirical work to a
larger and international audience and receive some
Additionally, I could attend a variety of panels and keynotes related to my research
questions and catch up with the international state
of research to some very
specific topics affecting my PhD thesis and upcoming publications as well.
Additionally, the whole conference was characterised by a very inspiring
atmosphere: During coffee breaks and dinner it was
easy to get in contact with
some internationally well known scholars of religion, and to discuss my own
research in a very enjoyable way. Altogether, it was a great stay which really gave
me a thrust of motivation for the last months of writing my thesis as well as new
ideas for subsequent research and an academic network to stay in contact with.