Monday 8 June 2015 | Symposium Jan Platvoet and the Study of Religion

Symposium in honour of Jan Platvoet’s contribution to comparative religion and the study of religion in Africa, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Jan Platvoet is one of the most prominent Dutch scholars of religion. This year Platvoet turns 80, and on this occasion the Leiden Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) organizes a symposium in honor of his life-long contribution to comparative religion and the study of religion in Africa. Until his retirement, Platvoet was a UHD at the Faculty of the Theology in Leiden.

Time and Venue

Time: Monday 8 June, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Venue: Leiden University, Matthias de Vrieshof 2, room 002.

Organization team: Prof.dr. Ab de Jong, Dr. Corey Williams, Dr. Markus A. Davidsen.


Registration: Participation is free, but registration is required. To register for the symposium, send an email to Markus A. Davidsen no later than 1 June.


11.00 Coffee and meeting up
11.30 Welcome: Ab de Jong

First Generation: Jan Platvoet’s Heritage in the Study of African Religion
11.40 Gerrie ter Haar (ISS, The Hague): Jan Platvoet: Purity and Danger
12.20 James Cox (Edinburgh): ‘Kinship Rules Religion’: Jan Platvoet’s Contribution to Defining Indigenous Religions
13.00 Lunch

Second Generation: Jan Platvoet’s Heritage in the Dutch Study of Religion
13.40 Wouter Hanegraaff (UvA): Magic, Trance, and Agnosticism: Jan Platvoet and the Study of Western Esotericism 
14.20 Ab de Jong (Leiden): Towards a General History of Religion 
15.00 Coffee Break

Third Generation: Jan Platvoet’s Continued Importance
15.25 Frans Wijsen (Nijmegen): Are Africans Incurably Religious? Jan Platvoet’s Contribution to a Debate
15.50 Corey Williams (Leiden): Jan Platvoet and the African Association for the Study of Religions
16.15 Annette Jansen (VU): Ritual as War: Saving Humanity through Military Mass Atrocity Interventions
16.40 Jan Platvoet: Concluding Remarks
17.15 Drinks at the Faculty Club

For more information on Jan Platvoet, visit his page at the African Study Centre, Leiden University

Last Modified: 05-06-2015