Welcome to the IAPR Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands.

August 21 – 24, 2023
Preconference: August 21, 2023


We welcome your contribution

Welcome to the IAPR conference in Groningen! From August 21 to 24, 2023 we will explore the Psychology of Religion in an entangled world. On this website you can find the preconference programme, the conference brochure and practical information for your stay in Groningen. If you’re attending the conference online, the conference brochure contains all the necessary information and links.

Day 2

Inspiration and appreciation: An insightful keynote by Kees van den Bos, with response from Rik Peel, posters and panels. A token of gratitude for Kyle Messick, departing webmaster for the IAPR, and the Godin Prize for Joseph Bulbulia.

Day 1

Off to a great start: A thought-provoking pre-conference. Warm welcomes by IAPR president Halina Grzymala-Moszczynska, chair of the organizing committee Hanneke Muthert, the dean of the Faculty of Religion, Culture and Society Mladen Popovic. A tone-setting performance by spoken-word artist Cissy Joan. And an inspiring keynote by Sarah Pike with a response from Brian Ostafin.

The keynote speakers introduce their talks

Sarah M. Pike
Kees van den Bosch
Mariecke van den Berg

Tyler VanderWeele

The Psychology of Religion in an Entangled World

Scholars in the Psychology of Religion (PoR) employ different disciplinary and methodological perspectives to study diverse topics, such as lived spirituality, religious diversity and health and wellbeing. Challenges such as globalization, climate change and shifting power structures make many of these topics increasingly complex. The PoR requires new horizons to tackle them: novel methodological tools, theoretical insights, collaborations and a critical reinterpretation and decolonization. This conference aims to bring together experts who can offer fresh perspectives to the PoR because of their unique methodological approach or (inter)disciplinary background and who will inspire the field to address today’s challenges in new ways. 

To explore new horizons for the PoR, we have invited keynote speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds who, in their research, all focus on current societal and scientific challenges. Their keynotes will engage in dialogue with the PoR and offer new perspectives on religion, mental health and stress resilience; extremism, terrorism, and conflict; climate change and environmentalism; and religion, gender and diversity.

The conference follows a hybrid format

We offer both offline and online ways of participating:

  • All keynote lectures and responses taking place in Groningen will be streamed live. The Q&A takes place offline in Groningen. 
  • Most of the panels and presentations are streamed live, with hybrid discussion.